City Clerk

The City Clerk’s Office maintains city records and performs other duties prescribed by state or city law.  These records include all council proceedings, resolutions, ordinances, council minutes, and documents relating to real property transactions.    The position of city clerk is appointed by the city council in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 372.13 §3.

The city clerk prepares the Council agendas from information provided by city department heads, city administrator, council and mayor.  The clerk also prepares agendas, transcribes minutes and retains records for the Ottumwa Civil Service Commission and Ottumwa Board of Health.  The City Clerk’s Office supervises the regulation and the issuance of various required city licenses and permits, and maintains a register of said licenses as required by the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ottumwa, Iowa.

Public Records

Information Request Form (To complete form electronically select options and enable content.)

Licenses and Permits

Click on the title to learn more about each type of license

Alcoholic Beverages
Auctions and Auctioneers
Canvassers and Solicitors
Carnivals, Circuses and Exhibitions
Dog Licenses
Haunted/Fun Houses
Peddlers and Transient Merchants
Refuse Haulers
Salvage and Salvage Dealers
Septic Tank Cleaners
Tree Surgeon
Sidewalk Café

City Elections

City Elections for Mayor and City Council seats are held on odd numbered years.  Candidates for these elective offices can find important information about running for office at the Iowa Secretary of State’s Website.    Voters may want to see the three year election calendar.

City Code Online

Ottumwa’s Municipal Code is online at    This is a full featured, searchable site.


Background Investigations

Division of Criminal Investigation Criminal History Record Check Form
DCI Billing Form

To File A Claim

These forms are for filing a claim against the City for damages.   If you have a claim, please complete the form and return to: Ottumwa City Clerk, 105 E. Third Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501.

Automotive Damage Claim Form

Property Damage Claim Form

Public Officials Claim Form

General Liability Claim Form


Other Forms

Park Shelter Reservation Form 
Central Park Sign Application


Contact Us

The City Clerk’s Office is located at City Hall, 105 E. Third Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 A. M. to 4:30 P.M. For further information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 683-0621.

Contact Us:
The City Clerk's Office is located at
City Hall, 105 E. Third Street.
Office hours are
Monday - Friday, 8 A. M. to 4:30 P.M.
For further information,
contact the City Clerk's Office
at 683-0621.