The Municipal Clerk is the oldest of public servants in local government, along with the tax collector. The profession traces back before Biblical times. The early keepers of archives were often called "Remembrancers", and before writing came into use, their memory served as the public record.
Over the years municipal clerks have become the hub of government, the direct line between the inhabitants of their community and their government. The clerk is the historian of the community, for the entire recorded history of the town (city) and its people is in his or her care.