The County Clerk is the official keeper of all public records for the County. The Clerk's office is responsible for processing all real property transactions, plats, Commissioner's Journal Documents, Board of Property Tax Appeal petitions and orders for Baker County. It must decipher complex legal documents, assess technical problems presented by the public and government entities, and manage records as prescribed by Oregon Revised Statutes. It analyzes, interprets and applies Federal and State statutes, legal opinions and administrative rules. The budget document must submit a copy of their budget to the County Clerk.
In addition to processing all records of public transactions, the Clerks Office maintains the microfilm collection that preserves all records and makes this information assessable to the general public.
As the chief election official, the County Clerk must check ballot measures for timeliness and see that the measure is worded as required by law. The Clerks office plans, coordinates, and conducts all elections in Baker County. It ensures that elections are conducted according to statute and other related requirements. It directs the preparation and maintenance of records related to voting activities, precincting, polling places, mailing, and voter and candidate services. The Clerk's Office provides uniformity in the application, operation, and interpretation of election laws and assures that the public is provided complete and accurate information.