The City Clerk's Department is responsible for maintaining current and accurate registration of voters; supervising and conducting all school, city, state, and national elections; issuing all licenses required by city ordinance, recording all actions, resolutions and ordinances of the city council; and to examine and verify all accounts and claims against the city.

Other services performed by this department include answering general telephone inquiries. The clerk's office also provides for a recording secretary for the City Council meetings, Board of Public Works, Shopping Area Redevelopment Board, Zeeland Hospital Authority and the Economic Development Authority meetings. This department provides clerical assistance to the Mayor and City Manager. Business licenses may also be obtained from the clerk.

The clerk's office is staffed by the City Clerk and Deputy Clerk.

The City Clerk's Department may be found on the second floor of City Hall.  They may be reached at 616-772-6400 extension 1200 or you may email us at


                                    Karen Jipping, City Clerk and Pamela Holmes, Deputy Clerk

                                                                   2017 Elections

                                                    May 2, 2017 (Zeeland Public School)
                                                     August 8, 2017 (Primary if needed)
                                                      November 7, 2017 (City Election)

Please note: Absentee Ballots are available to all registered voters age 60 or older.  Please contact the Clerk's Office if you would like to be a permanent Absentee Voter.

            General City Election – November 7, 2017

The City will be conducting a City election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  Residents of the City will be voting at the Howard Miller Community Center.  The ballot will include Mayor (1) and Councilmembers (3) and also the Airport Operating/Capital Millage Renewal.

For more information on your registration status, polling place, issues that will appear on your ballot, absentee voting process and more, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at  or call your local Clerk.

Last Day to Register – October 10, 2017

  • Absentee ballot applications available at City Clerk's Office.
  • Absentee ballot applications have been automatically mailed to all voters included on our    Permanent Mailing List.  If you are 60 years old or permanently disabled you may call to be  included on this list.
  • Last Day for filing an application for Absentee Ballot to be mailed is Saturday, November 4 at the City Clerk's Office - open from 12 Noon - 2 p.m.