The County Clerk is an elected County Official with a term of four years. Many of the duties of the office are prescribed by the Wisconsin Statutes.
The County Clerk's Office is the official record keeper for many basic County functions, including acting as the Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors. This function includes preparation and maintenance of agendas, minutes and proceedings as well as publishing the appropriate legal notices. The County Clerk's Office also provides staff assistance to the Walworth County Board of Supervisors.
Marriage licenses are issued through the County Clerk's office. On an average the County Clerk's office issues between 800 and 900 marriage licenses per year.
Another major area of responsibility of the Office of the County Clerk is election administration. This involves accumulating the results of each election and canvassing the election returns for each federal, state and county office. The coordination of election programming, coding, ballot preparation, and election notices for the federal, state and county elected offices is also this office's responsibility.
For election purposes, the County Clerk's Office is the filing officer for the County Board of Supervisors and the County Elected Officials. This means that campaign finance and ballot access forms such as nomination papers, campaign registration and declaration of candidacy forms for these offices are filed with the County Clerk.
Pursuant to the Wisconsin Statutes, all county property is held in the name of the County Clerk and the Clerk also acts as legal custodian of the County's property.
The County Clerk's Office also prepares and distributes the County Directory.
The Wisconsin Statutes prescribe a host of other unrelated duties for the County Clerk's office in addition to those listed.