City Clerk


The city clerk works closely with the city administrator and council to help keep the city running as smoothly as possible. Some of the city clerk's responsibilities include:
  • Recording and publishing minutes of all council proceedings
  • Maintaining all records of the city
  • Issuing licenses and permits
  • Overseeing the receipt and disbursement of all city funds and submitting required reports to the state

Meet the City Clerk

Trudy O’Donnell has been the city clerk for Charles City since July 2007. Prior to coming to Charles City, she was the city clerk in Riceville for almost nine years. She is married to Mike and they have three children: Robert, Chelsea and Jenna. She received her BA in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985 and is an Iowa Certified Municipal Clerk.

She works at city hall with a three-person staff:
  • Virginia Titus as deputy clerk
  • Jane Michels as payroll / billing clerk
  • Chris Guthart as accounts payable clerk / receptionist