City Clerk

March 18, 2020 - Potential Delays Responding to Public Records Requests

Following the declarations of emergency by the Federal, State and County governments, the City Council for the City of Burlingame proclaimed the existence of a local emergency due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 16, 2020.   Also on March 16, 2020, San Mateo County Health Services, along with 6 other Bay Area Counties and the City of Berkeley, issued an order directing individuals to stay in their residences and limiting travel and activities.  Accordingly, the City of Burlingame has modified its operations, with limited staff focused primarily on public health and safety.  As a result, while continuing to be committed to governmental transparency, there will be delays in responding to requests for public records for the duration of this emergency.   Your understanding is appreciated.  For more information
about how to stay safe during this emergency, links to resources can be found here: www.burlingame.org/covid19.

The State of California Government Code determines certain duties of the City Clerk.  The City Clerk is obligated to maintain custody of City records, serve as clerk for the City Council, record and maintain proceedings of the City Council, maintain custody of the City Seal, administer and file Oaths of Office, certify and record specific documents for the City, and serve as the City Election Officer. Since December 2013, the City Clerk position has been a City Manager-appointed position in Burlingame. It is the mission of the City Clerk to:

  • Provide timely information regarding City business and the City Council’s actions to the public
  • Accurately record, maintain and preserve City records
  • Provide quality customer service and inspire community involvement
  • Fulfill and uphold legal obligations with integrity
  • Support City departments by providing high quality and timely information processing
  • Research and disseminate information to facilitate decision making
  • Demonstrate professionalism and continually strive for excellence

Meaghan Hassel-Shearer

City Clerk

Phone 650-558-7203