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Location: 8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suite 103, Suttons Bay, Michigan 49682
Directions: From the intersection of M-204 and M-22 on the North end of the Village of Suttons Bay, turn west onto M-204 and travel 2.4 miles to E. Government Center Drive. The Leelanau County Government Center is located near the top of the hill on the right.
Main Phone: 231-256-9824
Main Fax: 231-256-8295
Toll Free: 1-866-256-9711
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (except holidays)
2013 Holiday Schedule:
The County Clerk is an elected official, a constitutional office with a four-year term. The duties are prescribed by state statute.
The County Clerk is also Clerk of the Circuit Court, has control of court files, maintains all court case filings, administers oaths and is keeper of the Circuit Court Seal, which is used to certify over 300 different documents.
The County Clerk is Register of County vital statistics. Records and indexes are maintained on all Leelanau County births, deaths and marriages. The Clerk's office accepts applications and issues all marriage licenses, reviews and records all county birth and death certificates and issues certified copies on request.
The County Clerk, as Chief Election Officer, supervises elections, receives and files county petitions, serves as a member of the County Election Commission, Clerk of the County Election Scheduling Committee and the County Board of Canvassers. When federal and state elections are held, the County tabulates returns on election night.
The County Clerk is Clerk for the County Board of Commissioners, prepares minutes of the Board Meetings and presents communications. While overseeing the Accounting Department, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining county expenditures and monitors county monthly claims, along with the administrator, which are approved by the Board of Commissioners.
All accounts payable checks and county payroll checks preparation, tax withholding deposits, and all necessary reports are done in the Clerk's Office; the County Clerk, as well as the County Treasurer, signs all county checks.
Various other duties of the County Clerk include: Passport Photo services; Clerk of the Gun Board and issuing Concealed Weapons permits after approval, filing Assumed Name or Co-Partnership Certificates for businesses and processing notary public commissions. The County Clerk also serves as a member of the County Plat Board, member of the County Apportionment Commission, filing of Veterans Discharges (DD-214 forms), and processing of qualified Veterans Death Benefits checks, as well as doing all necessary oaths of office.
The County Clerk is the Keeper of many County Records.