The City Secretary facilitates, supports and enhances the efforts of the City Council to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of their office and provides access to public records and information to the public.
The City Secretary’s Office serves the City Council by documenting all legal and official actions of the body. The City Secretary’s Office records minutes, archives ordinances and resolutions. The City Secretary’s Office serves as a facilitator between the Citizens and the Council.
The City Secretary’s Office, along with Dallas County Elections, coordinates all elections for the City of Garland. This office works with the County to secure polling locations, provide information to Garland citizens and ensures that the election process is fair and open.
The City Secretary’s Office works with Garland’s Complete Count Committee to assist in the U.S. Census Bureau’s count of every person in the United States. Garland’s share of state and federal representation and $675 billion in annual federal programs is at stake.
The City Secretary’s Office coordinates the recruitment and application process for all boards and commissions. Boards and commissions provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in an advisory role to the Council, providing invaluable input to the local democratic process. The City Secretary’s Office maintains an archive of minutes for each of the boards and commissions established through the Charter.
Most minutes are available online. Minutes not available online can be requested from the City Secretary’s Office. CDs or DVDs are available for purchase or can be viewed online. The City Code of Ordinances is available online or at the Library.
Solicitor permits for door to door home solicitation and individual/group home flyer distribution are issued by the Garland Police Department. Call 972-205-1658 for more information.