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City Clerk's Office

Roberta Gafford, City Clerk

"The City Clerk, Roberta Gafford, is the local official who administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public.  She acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act.  The City Clerk manages public inquiries and relationships and arranges for ceremonial and official functions."   

Roberta Gafford, City Clerk, CMC
The City Clerk is the Elections Official, consolidating all Mayor and Council elections with the Kern County  Elections Department.  The City Clerk is the filing officer for Fair Political Practices Commission campaign statements and Statements of Economic Interest. The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file Statements of Economic Interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is City Hall North, 1600 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA  93301. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/.

The City Clerk's Department records, prepares, certifies and maintains the official minutes of all meetings of the City Council and Redevelopment Agency, and prepares agendas and compiles agenda packets for those meetings.

The City Clerk publishes and mails legal notices as required by State law and City statutes. 

As the custodian for official records, the Department acts as the official depository for all City records,  ensures that ordinances are codified into the Municipal Code and processes and maintains resolutions, ordinances, contracts, claims, fidelity bonds, deeds and other documents as required by law. 

In addition, Records Requests are processed in accordance with the Public Records Act and Freedom of Information Act. 

The Department coordinates the City’s bid opening process, and accepts claims and service of other legal documents.

Office Location & Mailing Address

City of Bakersfield - City Hall North [Locate City Hall North]
City Clerk's Office
1600 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
(661) 326-3767 FAX (661) 323-3780

How to Contact City Council

The City Clerk is the Clerk to the City Council.  To reach your Councilmember, contact the City Clerk’s Office at city_clerk@bakersfieldcity.us.   Be sure to include the name of the Council member you are trying to contact, your name, mailing address, telephone number and what it is regarding. This will assist us in responding to your request. You may also e-mail the City Council directly at city_council@bakesfieldcity.us.