Title: Deputy Clerk I
Department: County Clerk Updated: 02/2018
Division: Office of the County Clerk FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 1089 Wage Range: Not Available

A Deputy Clerk I will perform a wide variety of unique highly responsible and complex clerical support activities, as well as some administrative functions.  A Deputy Clerk I performs specialized duties that are well defined by the State for issuing birth certificates, death certificates, etc.  An employee in this class is expected to know the procedures required to issue these documents.  A Deputy Clerk I will prepare monthly reports to the State, issue Oaths for many documents, including marriage licenses and concealed pistol license applications.


·         Provides counter assistance, issuing copies of vital records such as birth, marriage and death certificates, concealed weapons permits, DBA's, and other records, and explaining the procedures of the Clerk's office and laws governing each type of record.

·         Answers telephone calls to the Clerk's office and responds to inquiries related to the processing of vital records and other functions of the office. Directs other callers to proper office or individual.

·         Prepares and processes various documents such as concealed weapons permit applications, assumed names and co-partnerships by checking for proper documentation and typing and preparing the final record.

·         Responds to related inquiries at the counter and by telephone.

·         Issues marriage licenses by checking residency, reviewing application for completeness, accepting and receipting fees, administering oaths, and preparing the marriage license.

·         Keeps track of marriage licenses and waivers and provides data to compile state reporting.

·         Processes DBA's received by mail or online, fills requests for copies, and responds to related requests for services. Prepares DBA documents and enters information from DBA's to the computer.

·         Sends expiration notices of DBA's and co-partnerships.

·         Indexes information on office records on the computer and index books and retrieves information to respond to inquiries.

·         Receives payments, issues receipts, and posts transactions. 

·         Processes notary bonds for filing, administers oaths to applicants.

·         Assists genealogists with genealogy searches.

·         Receives processed court documents for filing, files documents in their respective file, maintains organization and keeps a record of court file location.

·         May act as a cashier, accepting payments, court filings or applications, entering payment information into the case management system, applying cash bonds to fines/costs.

·         Receives, distributes and files documents and other records according to established filing procedures.

·         Process customer request and applications, birth, death, marriage, DBA, notary, CPL, document request, document filing, election filings, campaign finance filing, etc.

·         Confers with and provides information to staff, judges, attorneys or the public upon request.

·         Operates bar code labeler and scanner, checking for clarity and exactness.

·         Possesses functional computer knowledge. 

·         Process Notary applications.

·         Process Sole-Proprietor and Co-Partnership applications.

·         May receive and process telephone and online credit card payments of fines, costs, restitution and other assessments, and enter payment information into the case management system. 

·         Prepares marriage licenses.

·         Process mail and online requests and filings.

·         Responds to inquiries in person, via telephone, email and online providing information to attorneys, law enforcement and the public, requiring the use of judgment and the interpretation of policies, rules or procedures.

·         Assists other Deputy Court Clerks in the performance of their duties.

  • Performs a variety of other support tasks such as typing forms and other documents, preparing certified copies of records, assisting with mailings, and related support tasks.
  • May be required to attend court hearings on occasion.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work is performed under the direction of the County Clerk, Chief Deputy County Clerk and the Deputy Senior Clerk Coordinator.




·         Deputized and approved in accordance with MCL 50.63.

·         Graduation from an accredited high school (GED acceptable) supplemented by technical training, college coursework and/or certification in a business, legal or office administration field required.

·         Verifiable equivalent professional work experience in a business, legal or office administration field may substitute for education.

·         Previous responsible professional level work experience in a court or legal setting preferred.  Proven customer service work experience desired.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.           

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.                       

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.

·         Possess a valid State of Michigan Operator’s License and maintain eligibility to drive as per the County’s vehicle policy throughout employment in this position.

·         Employees in this class will be required to take an "Oath of Office" to follow the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Michigan in carrying out their duties.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Use stools up to 3 steps.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., however due to the nature of the work may include occasional overtime or reassignment of hours.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.