The City Secretary is an appointed officer who is very much like a historian, but so much more. As the official custodian of the city's records, the City Secretary's office takes care of permanent documents, ordinances, resolutions, commission meetings agendas and minutes, vital statistics, public information act requests and is also keeper of the city seal.
Whenever and where ever the City Commission meets or holds workshops, the City Secretary Department is busy behind the scenes planning and organizing down to the last detail. This office prepares the commission agenda packets and posts an electronic agenda on line prior to the twice-monthly commission meetings.
In addition, the City Secretary is also the Chief Election Administrator for the City of McAllen. This department prepares all of the paper work for filing forms, calendars, candidate packets, receives official candidate applications, manages orientations for the newly elected, handling all that is involved in conducting a city-wide election.