City Clerk

"No other office in municipal service has so many contacts. It serves the Mayor, the City Council, the City Manager, and all administrative departments without exception. All of them call on it, almost daily, for some service or information. Its work is not spectacular, but it demands versatility, alertness, accuracy, and no end of patience. The public does not realize how many loose ends of city administration this office pulls together."

Professor William Bennett Munro, Eminent Political Scientist & Historian, 1934

City Clerk

The City Clerk of Hyattsville is Laura Reams.  She can be reached at 301/985-5009 or via email.

What is a City Clerk?
The City Clerk is a department head appointed by the City Council.
The City Clerk's Office is a City-wide information and document resource and is the official records management office for the City.

Mission & Vision of the City Clerk's Office
Through expertise, innovation and cooperative partnerships, the City Clerk's office strives to facilitate and support the City's legislative processes and meetings, record and provide access to the City's official records, preserve the City's history, and conduct elections with integrity.

Responsibilities of the City Clerk
The City Clerk’s office is responsible for providing the following specific services:

  • Serves as Clerk to the City Council
  • Provides support and assistance to all administrative departments of the City
  • Preparation for all Council Meetings (Council Meetings, Special Council Meetings, Council Work Sessions, and Public Hearings) including all agendas and minutes related to these meetings
  • Providing notifications to the public per the City’s Charter
  • Administration of City Elections in conjunction with the City's Board of Supervisors of Elections
  • Serves as custodian of the City’s official records, including but not limited to Hyattsville’s Charter and Code
  • Responds to citizen inquiries, including Public Information Act Requests
  • Issue Block Party permits