BRIGHAM CITY (UTAH). CITY RECORDER
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Agency History #2926
When the Territorial Assembly incorporated Brigham City on 12 January 1867 it gave the city council power to appoint a city recorder and such other officers as the council thought necessary. It gave the council authority to define the duties of all city officers and to remove them from office (Compiled Laws of Utah, 1876, title 24, chapter 4). The Brigham City recorder was given charge over all city records. Brigham City's first city recorder, William L. Watkins, served in that office for the first eight years after incorporation.
The Brigham City council did not pass ordinances defining the responsibilities of city officers until 1875. At that time the council gave the city recorder charge over all Brigham City records and papers, and designated him keeper of the Brigham City seal. The council required the recorder to keep a copy of all city ordinances and resolutions in chronological order, and in a separate book to keep the minutes of all council meetings. The council also charged the city recorder to keep plat maps for all surveys in the city, and required him to examine all city financial accounts (Brigham City Ordinances, Utah State Archives, series 3662, Book 1, p. 9). After 1899 state law required that city recorders counter sign all municipal contracts and official documents (Compiled Laws of Utah, 1907, title 13, chapter 6).
Brigham City recorders were originally appointed by the city council. The 1875 ordinance mandated that the city recorder should be bonded and that he or she take an oath of office. In 1899 the State Legislature determined that thereafter city recorders should be elected officials. Municipal elections are held biannually, in November and elected officials take office on the first Monday in January (Compiled Laws of Utah, 1907. Title 13, Chapter 6; Title 21, Chapter 9). As of 1953 (Laws of Utah, Chapter 17), in cities of the third class, the city recorder was appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the city council.
The city council has appointed deputy recorders as needed.
|William L. Watkins||1867-1875|
|George L. Grachl||1883-1892|
|John H. Horsley||1896-1901|
|John E. Baird||1902-1903|
|P. Russell Wight||1912-1917|
|Noble M. Fishburn||1918-1919|
|Jessie B. Jensen||1925-1929|
|Ethel M. Stander||1934-1935|
|Elva J. Gibbs||1941-1944|
|Guenivere T. Limb||1944|
|Edna T. Romer||1945-1949|
|Fannie J. Christensen||1950-1961|
|Michael T. Cosgrove||1976-1982|
|Tracy B. Norr 1||982-1990|
COMPILED BY: Rosemary Cundiff , July 2002
Brigham City (Utah). City council. Council proceedings index, Utah State Archives (series 6326).
Brigham City (Utah). City council. Minutes. Utah State Archives (series 3803).
Brigham City (Utah). City council. Ordinances. Utah State Archives (series 3662).
Compiled Laws of Utah, 1876. Title 24, Chapter 4. Utah State Archives (series 83238).
Compiled Laws of Utah, 1907. Title 13, Chapter 6 & Title 21, Chapter 9. Utah State Archives (series 83238).
Laws of Utah, 1953, Chapter 17. Utah State Archives (series 83155).