Garfield Township, Fife Lake


466 W. Sharon Road, Fife Lake MI 49633


Township Clerk - Brett Southworth 231-369-2483

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Deputy Clerk - Pamela Borgen

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For Burial Information contact the Clerk, Brett Southworth

Clerk's Office

The Clerk is elected every four years at the time of the Presidential Election and serves as a voting member of the Township Board. The Clerk's Office is responsible for many diverse functions of the Township. The Clerk is responsible for the producing and keeping of minutes for the Township Board meetings. The Clerk's Office also publishes and posts legal notices in accordance with the open meetings act.

Election Administration

The Clerk Administers all elections in the Township of Garfield. The Clerk must be certified by the Bureau of Elections. The Clerk plans, organizes, and oversees election activities including but not limited to training Election Inspectors, preparing voting devices, preparing ballot containers, etc. and processing of absentee ballots.

Voter Registration

The Clerk maintains the voter registration files, which includes but is not limited to: Registering new voters and making address/name changes to current voters.

Records Management

The Clerk is the official custodian of Township’s permanent archives and non-permanent records, minute books and documents such as ordinances, resolutions, and oaths including administering Oaths of office

Financial Records

Under State Statute the Clerk is responsible for keeping a record of the expenditures made for the Township. The Clerk's office processes accounts payable, and the general ledger. The Clerk works closely with the Township auditor in processing accurate year end documents as required by Michigan Law.

Human Resources

The Clerk is responsible for keeping all employee records. Including employee processing and maintaining payroll.

Notary Public

The Clerk's Office provides Notary Public Service at no charge to Garfield Township residents and business owners.

*This list is a basic overview of the duties performed by the Clerk’s office and is not exhaustive list by any means.