In a historical feat, Clerk Fowler was elected South Bend’s 22nd City Clerk in 2015 making her the first minority in St. Joseph County to seat a full-time executive office. City Clerk Kareemah Fowler is responsible for a myriad of activities, but is primarily responsible for supporting the City’s goal of open and transparent government.
Clerk Fowler earned her Bachelor’s (B.A.Sc.) degree in Business Administration with a minor in Public Service from Bethel College. An experienced public servant with over 15 years of experience in municipal government; Clerk Fowler has served in management positions both in the Office of the Clerk and the St. Joseph County Assessor’s Office. During her ten year tenure in the Assessor’s Compliance Office, she worked directly with the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and was instrumental in managing over $8,000,000,000 in Tax Assessment data. Clerk Fowler is a Level II Assessor-Appraiser, and certified member of both the International Institute of Municipal Clerk-Treasurers and the Municipal League of Clerks and Treasurers.
City Clerk Kareemah Fowler is also a recent nominee to the prestigious Emerging Leaders Project, an Indiana Election delegate and a graduate of the Michiana Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program Class XLI. Clerk Fowler most fervently enjoys bridging the gap between people and local government and being a parent to two very active children.
Responsibilities of the City Clerk
The City Clerk is the Clerk of the South Bend Common Council. The Clerk is elected by the voters of the entire City. The City Clerk's office is responsible for keeping City records, City ordinances, the Municipal Code Book and the City Seal.
The City Clerk, and as many staff members as he or she determines necessary, attends all regular and special meetings of the Council; and is required to keep an accurate journal of all such proceedings. Minutes of such Council meetings are maintained by the City Clerk and are available for public inspections.
The Clerk maintains various forms for matters coming before the Council, and upon request of the Council President, is to provide supportive clerical assistance. Copies of public documents on file in the Office of the City Clerk are available at a reasonable cost to the public.
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The City Clerk's Office does not record or store the following:
Birth Records and Death Records:
For information regarding how to obtain these records, contact the St. Joseph County Health Department, Vital Records at 574.245.6719
Marriage Records and Court Records:
For information regarding how to obtain these records, contact the St. Joseph County Clerk's Office at 574.235.9635