The Mission of the City Clerk is to keep and maintain records of the Council and of the City of Bridgeport, and provide transparent, accurate, and timely legislative history; safeguard all official records of the City; including minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other vital documents; and deliver information and services efficiently and accurately to the public and to the Council.


About the City Clerk's Office:

The City Clerk's Office is the official record keeper for all Legislative actions of the City Council and provides administrative support staff under the direction of the City Clerk. The office serves as a document and information resource to the City Council, city departments, and the citizens of Bridgeport.

The department is the custodian of the City seal, and is responsible for the certification of documents for the State and Federal Governments, numerous

city departments, as well as maintaining accurate records required by the State Freedom of Information Act relative to public meetings of municipal Boards and Commissions. Additionally, the City Clerk and/or Assistant City Clerk accepts service for all suits and claims filed against the City of Bridgeport and forwards copies of the same to the City Attorney’s Office.  

Duties of the City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk:

By virtue of City Charter, the City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk serve as clerks to all committees appointed by the City Council. All clerical duties for Council committees, as well as the City Council as a whole, are handled by the City Clerk's Staff. These duties include, but are not limited to, the preparation of meeting notices, agendas, communications, petitions, reports, resolutions, ordinances, and certifications. 

The Assistant City Clerk shall devote said his/her entire time to the duties of the office and shall, in the absence or disability of the City Clerk, have power to perform all the duties of said City Clerk, and shall perform all other duties which may be imposed upon such Assistant City Clerk by order or vote of the City Council or by ordinance of the City. All acts of the Assistant City Clerk and all records kept by him/her shall have the same validity and effect as acts and records of the City Clerk.

As the Clerk of the City Council, the main function of the City Clerk and/or Assistant City Clerk is to attest to all laws enacted by the City Council.  The Clerk also attests to grants, agreements, bonds, tax notes, and other forms of obligations of the City. The City Clerk and/or Assistant City Clerk shall attest the signature of the Mayor on all instruments signed in the name of the City and other official acts of the Mayor.

 Other Services Provided:

  • Certifies liquor permits, maps and exhibits for court cases
  • Administer Oaths and file Oaths of Office
  • Oversees operations of the City Hall building
  • Copies of Code of Ordinances, City Charter, minutes of the City Council (provided with charge of .50 per page)
  • Schedules citizens for appearance before City Council
  • Give notice of Public Hearings (post/publish/written notification)
  • Attest all signatures of the officials of the City when necessary
  • Affix the seal of the City to all documents where required by law





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Contact Information


Lydia N. Martinez
City Clerk

Frances Ortiz
Assistant City Clerk
45 Lyon Terrace, Room 204, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: (203) 576-7081
Fax: (203) 332-5608          

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Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.