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Clerk Directory


319 Court Street

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783




Steve Woodgate

Deputy Clerk:

Shaun O'Neill

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Genealogy Hours:

Tuesday -  Thursday 9:30am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Chief Deputy Clerk:

Liz Messer

Deputy Clerk:

Laurie Wilson

The County Clerk is elected for a four-year term and is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, military discharge papers and issuing and filing marriage licenses. In addition, the Clerk processes concealed weapons licenses, notary bonds, and veteran's peddler permits.

The Clerk serves as Clerk of the County Board of Commissioners, Board of Canvassers, Jury Board and Gun Board. The Clerk is also a member of the County Election Commission and the Plat Board.

The County Clerk is the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Circuit Court handles felony criminal cases, civil cases involving more than $25,000.00 and family court records.

The County Clerk administers all election functions required by law. Part of those duties includes the supervision of all national, state, and local elections.  This also includes the training of all election workers in the County for those communities with a population of fewer than 10,000. The Clerk is also responsible for the administration of the Michigan Campaign Finance Reporting Act for those candidates filing for office at the local level.

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