The Oregon City's Office of the City Recorder is the oldest continuous city recorder's office in the West, predating Oregon becoming part of the United States. (Image: Oath of Office, Thomas A. Brown, January 6, 1845)
The Office of the City Recorder maintains the City Seal and serves as clerk of the City Commission by recording and archiving the official records, proceedings, and legislative history of the City of Oregon City. The Office strives to provide professional, courteous, and timely assistance to the City Commission, citizens, City departments, and other agencies. The City Recorder:
- Publishes agendas and minutes for the City Commission and Urban Renewal Commission
- Administers City elections
- Manages City records
- Fulfills public records requests
- Maintains the records for boards and commissions
The agenda packets for the City Commission and Urban Renewal Commission are available on our Public Meetings page. The meetings are streamed live and on-demand on the web. The meetings can also be viewed on Willamette Falls Television (WFTV). Please contact WFTV at 503-650-0275 for airtimes and stations, or check the WFTV website.
In 2007, the City Commission approved a 5-year strategic plan for records management. The plan was developed to provide a foundational understanding of the value of managing public records and to promote actions that would increase records transparency and create a secure, easily accessible, and efficient system.
Implementing the Plan resulted in the use of best practices to sustain our records in the decades to come. Good governance and transparency were increased by these efforts. On December 5, 2018, the City Commission approved and adopted the 2019 to 2023 Strategic Plan for Records and Information Management (PDF).