Bylaws of the Oregon Association of County Clerks
As of August 26, 2021. Original adopted August 17, 1984.
The organization shall be known as the Oregon Association of County Clerks.
The Objectives of the Association shall be:
- Provide opportunity for Officials to exchange ideas on the operations of their respective offices.
- To elevate the standards and offer ways and means to serve the public better.
- Encourage the passage of uniform laws pertaining to the administration of the duties of Clerks, Recorders and Election Officials all over the state.
- Exemplify the ideals of public service as an educational influence in business and civic life and schools.
- Cultivate friendship among its members all over the state.
- To participate in the formulation of and to advance the official policies of the Association all over the state.
Section 1. Active Members
The organization shall be comprised of Clerks, Recorders and Election Officials, or any other Officials performing like duties and who are functioning as the elected or appointed County Officials for a County Government. There shall be only one voting member from each county at any time.
Section 2. Associate Members
Any deputy or assistant of a Voting Member may apply for official status as an associate member of the Oregon Association of County Clerks. Associate members may not serve as officers of the Association and may not vote. Associate members may participate in the Association’s certification program. Associate members are also eligible to be appointed to Association committees.
Section 3. Honorary Members
Any member or employee of a Clerk’s Office or Secretary of State’s Office who, in the opinion of the Association, has rendered distinguished service to the cause of better county government practices shall be eligible for honorary membership. Members need to provide the Executive Committee with the name(s) for honorary membership 30 days prior to any official meeting of the Association. The Executive Committee will review and present recommendations to the Association at any meeting of the Association. The Association may approve the recommendations for honorary membership by the majority of the voting members present and voting. Honorary membership of person other than a Clerk shall last for a period of five years, a retired Clerk will remain a Honorary member for life. Honorary members shall be entitled to all privileges of the Association, except that they shall not be eligible to hold office in the Association and they shall not be afforded the privilege of voting. All County Clerks (elected or appointed), having served a minimum of four (4) years upon leaving office shall be awarded the status of ‘Honorary Member’.
Section 4. Admission
Any duly elected Clerk, Recorder, Election Official or any other Officials performing like duties and who are functioning as the elected or appointed County Officials for a County Government, shall automatically become a permanent voting member upon payment of annual dues.
(See Addendum 2 for additional details)
Section 1. Annual Dues
The annual dues of the Association from January 1 to December 31 of each year shall be determined at the Annual Conference by the eligible voting members, from recommendations of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Statement of Dues
- Immediately, or as soon as practicable after December 1 of each year, the governing body shall send a statement of dues for the following year to each voting member. Upon request, the Treasurer shall send appropriate form of receipt.
- Dues shall be payable within 30 days after receipt of the statement. Section 3. Reinstatement
A Membership in the Association forfeited for nonpayment of dues shall be reinstated upon payment of dues for the current year.
Section 1. Executive Committee
The officers of the Association shall be President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary who shall be elected at the Annual Conference of the Association by the votes of a majority of the voting members present and voting. Those elected shall take office upon their installation at the Annual Conference or if unable to attend the Annual Conference by subscribing to written oath at the time of the Annual Conference. Officers shall serve one-year terms. The officers and the Immediate Past President shall serve on the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Duties
Duties of the Executive Committee Members:
- Carry on all the business that needs to be transacted between Executive Board,
Mid-Winter Conference, Annual Conferences and all special meetings of OACC.
- Pay all debts incurred by the Association.
- Approve programs for the Executive Board, Mid-Winter Conference, Annual
Conferences and all special meetings of OACC.
- Prepare the annual budget for the Association for presentation at the Annual
- Develop guidelines for budget expenditures and association fees with regard to
conference registration, reimbursement requests, and other business related fees and expenses. The guidelines adopted by the executive Committee shall be added as an addendum to the By-Laws.
Section 3. Qualifications
To be eligible as an Officer of the Executive Committee of the Association, a member must be paid up in his or her dues.
Section 4. Vacancy
A vacancy in any office other than that of the President shall be filled for the unexpired term by a ballot vote of the Executive Committee.
Duties of Officers
Section 1. The President Shall:
- Preside at all meetings of the Association.
- Be the presiding officer of the Executive Committee, the Mid-Winter Conference,
the Annual Conference and all special meetings of the Association.
- Appoint standing committees with approval of Executive Committee.
- Appoint special committees.
- Be an ex-officio member of all committees.
- Make the call to conference.
- Meet with the Executive Committee in setting up the program for the Annual
Conference. They as a committee will be responsible for the meeting room and speakers and working with the host committees. This meeting should be held in the Host City so arrangements can be made.
- Sign with the Treasurer such records as are deemed necessary.
Issues the call to conference to all members and appoint all conference committees.
(j) Appoint committee members he or she feels are necessary to carry out the
objectives of this organization.
Section 2. The Vice President Shall:
- Serve in the absence of the President and work with the President toward the
success of the Executive Board, Mid-Winter Conference, Annual Conferences and all special meetings of OACC.
- Succeed to the office of President for the unexpired term in case of vacancy in
- Be authorized to sign in the absence of the President.
- Be authorized to sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer.
- Serve as Chairperson of the By-Laws Committee.
- Serve on the Certification Committee.
Section 3. The Treasurer Shall:
- Be responsible for the Association’s Funds. The Treasurer shall be an active member.
- Report in detail all monies received and expended annually.
- Deposit all monies in the bank and disburse funds only upon original bills and properly executed vouchers.
- Deliver to their successor all funds, securities, records and papers in their keeping after the books are closed, in a timely manner.
- Deliver to the President, Secretary and Certification Chair a list of current members once payment of dues has been completed.
Section 4. The Secretary Shall:
- Keep the minutes of all meetings in proper manner.
- Take and record accurate minutes of the proceedings of the Mid-Winter
Conference, the Annual Conference and all special meetings of the Association.
- Deliver to his or her successor all records and papers in the Secretary’s keeping.
Section 1. Appointment of Committees
The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President on the first day of the Annual Conference. All other committees shall be appointed by the newly elected president, with the approval of the Executive Board, within 30 days of the conclusion of the Annual Conference. Only regular Active and Associate members of the Association may be appointed to committees. The President shall send a roster of all committee assignments to each member of the Association.
Section 2. Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee, consisting of three members, shall be appointed annually by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. No one shall be appointed to the Committee who might otherwise be considered as a potential candidate for an Association office.
This Committee shall review and evaluate the qualifications of the proposed candidates for executive officers and shall submit such lists of those qualified to the membership of the Annual Conference for its ratification and election.
Section 3. By-Laws Committee
The By-Laws Committee, consisting of three or more members (including the Vice President as Chair), shall be appointed annually by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. This Committee shall review the By-Laws and determine appropriate changes. The Committee shall also receive and review changes proposed by the General Membership of the Association. Proposed By-Law changes will be presented by the Committee in accordance with Article XIII. The Vice President shall deliver a complete electronic copy of the most recent By-Laws to the next Vice President that includes a copy with dates of approved amendments.
Section 4. Legislative Committee
The Legislative Committee, consisting of any number deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee, shall be appointed in every odd-numbered year by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. This Committee shall represent the Association in respect to legislation, proposed or enacted, that may affect the Association’s interests. The Committee shall report on its activities and/or recommendations to the Association at each Annual Conference. At least one member from each Regional Zone shall be appointed to serve on the Legislative Committee.
An Elections Subcommittee shall be part of the Legislative Committee. This Subcommittee, comprised of at least five members, but no more than nine members, shall be selected from the Legislative Committee by the Chair.
A Recording and Board of Property Tax Appeals (BoPTA) Subcommittee shall be part of the Legislative Committee. This Subcommittee, comprised of at least five members, but no more than nine members, shall be selected from the Legislative Committee by the Chair.
OACC Legislative Chairman, or a designee, and all Subcommittee Legislative Chairmen (Recording and Election) or a designee, who travel to the legislature on behalf of OACC, may apply for reimbursement of travel expenses from the Executive Committee of OACC.
These subcommittees shall represent the Association in respect to legislation that may affect the Association’s interest in each respective area.
The Legislative Committee may recommend policies and procedures for statewide implementation of legislation subject to majority vote of the Association Membership.
Section 5. Futures Committee
The need to convene a Futures Committee shall be determined annually by the incoming President. If convened the Futures Committee shall consist of two subcommittees – one for Elections and one for Recording. Each subcommittee shall consist of three or more members and shall be appointed annually by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. This Committee shall identify the principles and goals of the Oregon Association of County Clerks to better enhance their legislative and administrative actions, for the near and future periods. This Committee shall continually review and revise the principles and goals to reflect changes that will be occurring by legislation, social and technological events. The Committee shall report on its activities to the Association at each Annual Conference for consideration and acceptance. At least one member of the Legislative Committee shall be appointed to each subcommittee of the Futures Committee.
Section 6. OACC Certification Committee
The OACC Certification Committee shall be composed five (5) members of the Oregon Association of County Clerks appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
The Committee members shall, among themselves, select the Chair of the Committee. The initial terms of the Association members shall be as follows:
|Association Vice President||1 year|
|Member – County over 15,000 registered voters||1 year|
|Member – County over 15,000 registered voters||2 years|
|Member – County under 15,000 registered voters||1 year|
|Member – County under 15,000 registered voters||2 years|
After the first year, members other than the Vice President shall be appointed for a term of three years.
Vacancies shall be filled by the President of the Association with the approval of the Executive Committee.
Section 7. Website Committee
The Website Committee, consisting of three or more members, shall be appointed annually by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. This committee shall review and have oversight of the OACC Website content with approval of the Executive Committee. The Website Committee will also make recommendations to the Executive Committee of a Webmaster who will be appointed for a term of 2 years.
The OACC Website Policies and Standards are attached and made as an addendum to the OACC Bylaws. (Addendum 1)
Section 8. BOPTA Training Committee
The BOPTA Training Committee shall be composed of five (5) members of the Oregon Association of County Clerks appointed annually by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. The Committee members shall, if necessary, select the Chair of the Committee. This Committee will prepare and oversee the annual BOPTA Clerk’s training.
Section 9. iGO Delegation Director
The Oregon delegation of attendees at the iGO Annual Conference will elect an iGO Delegation Director for a two year term beginning September 1, 2016. The initial term may be less than two years to accommodate staggered terms. iGO will notify OACC who was elected Delegation Director (and the term of office for the first year).
Section 10. AOC Representative
The Association of Oregon Counties Representative shall be appointed annually by the Vice President after July 1 and prior to the OACC Annual Conference.
Section 11. PRIA Representative
The PRIA State Representative shall be appointed annually by the President after the OACC Annual Conference.
The voting bodies shall consist of the duly accredited members.
(a) A plurality vote of all voting members present and voting shall constitute an election. In case of a tie, the choice shall be decided by lot.
(b) Opportunity shall be given for nominations from the floor after verification of eligibility, availability and willingness to serve.
No county shall have more than one vote and no voting by proxy shall be allowed.
A vote of the membership via e-mail may be allowed if/when the Executive Committee deems it necessary.
There shall be appointed within 30 days of the conclusion of each Annual Conference, by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee, a Historian, who shall:
- Keep all group pictures of the Association.
- Maintain the history of the Association with all relevant dates and activities, and report to the conference body during the Annual Conference.
- The Historian’s records shall be kept in good order and be passed to his or her successor at the end of the term.
- The Historian’s records shall be made available to OACC members.
There is no limit to the number of terms a person may serve in this office.
Conferences and Official Meetings
- Time and Place:
- The Annual and Mid-Winter Conference shall be held annually at the time and place to be recommended by the President.
- The membership should be notified at least four (4) months before the Annual and Mid-Winter Conference.
- In the event the host county is unable to provide for the needs of the Annual Conference, another county may be substituted by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. In such cases of emergency, The Executive committee may act without ratification of the general membership.
- OACC is an affiliate member of AOC which meets each November. The President, upon approval of the Executive committee, will determine after the Annual Conference if the Association will hold a meeting in conjunction with the November AOC meeting.
- Registration Fee:
- Registration fees determined by the Executive Committee shall be paid by all members and active participants attending the Annual Conference.
- Upon request, refunds of registration fees may be made in cases of emergency cancellations. No refunds will be made for meals or other expenses billed to the Association.
- Registrations made but not paid for by the late registration deadline shall be cancelled and the registrant will be required to reregister and pay the late registration fee.
The quorum shall be the majority of the voting members registered at the Conference.
- Individuals that are not a member or associate member may attend conferences or any other official meeting only upon invitation by the President and the approval of the Executive Committee. Attendance fees for the portion of the conference an individual is invited for the purpose of making a presentation will be waived. If such individuals are invited for the remainder of the conference, applicable fees may apply.
(See Addendum 2 for additional details)
The Fiscal Year budget and reports shall be from November 1 to October 31 of each year.
The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern this Association in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws.
These By-Laws may be amended only at the Annual Conference by a 2/3 (two-thirds) vote of the voting members meeting in General Assembly.
Proposed Amendments to these By-Laws should be presented to the Executive Committee in writing and reviewed by the Bylaws Committee before being voted on by the General Assembly.
Proposed amendments must be presented the first day of the conference and voted on the last day of the conference.
All revisions must be attached to the original By-Laws stating the year and date they are revised.
The revisions of the By-Laws must be announced to the members before the close of the conference.
The Regional Zones shall be five.
- Zone 1 will comprise Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Polk, Marion, Linn, Benton, Lane and Yamhill counties.
- Zone 2 will comprise Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Lincoln counties.
- Zone 3 will comprise Deschutes, Klamath, Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Coos and Curry counties.
- Zone 4 will comprise Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Wheeler, Hood River, and Jefferson counties.
- Zone 5 will comprise Crook, Lake, Harney, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Baker, Malheur and Grant counties.
(a) Zone Directors will be any duly elected or appointed Clerk, Recorder or Election
Official from the zone of their county.
(b) Each Zone Director shall be appointed annually by the newly elected President, with the approval of the Executive Board, within 30 days of the conclusion of the Annual Conference.
- Each Zone Director shall hold at least one (1) Zone Meeting prior to the Annual Conference to discuss ideas, programs and legislative suggestions for their respective offices.
- The results of the Zone Meetings may be presented to the General Membership at the Annual Conference to provide input to help further the objectives of the Association.
- The results of the Zone Meetings may be presented in person by the Zone Director or written report of the Zone Director presented by a Zone Member. The written report shall be submitted to the Secretary to be included as an exhibit to conference minutes.
- Any legislative suggestions, as a result of a Zone Meeting, should be submitted to the Legislative Chairperson for consideration prior to the Annual Conference.
OACC Website Policies and Standards
Purpose: To provide OACC members access to association related information and related information common to County Clerks, Election Officials and staff.
- Administrator Access: The President of the OACC, the chairman of the Website committee and the Webmaster will have Administrator Access in order to change and add information to the Association web pages.
- Webmaster: The OACC Executive committees will appoint an OACC member to serve as the association webmaster for a period of 2 years. This person may be reappointed to the position upon recommendation of the Chair of the Website Committee and approval of the executive committee.
- Counties: Each county will have user access via a user name and password to gain accessibility to Member Resource pages and to maintain their own county information. Website committee chair and Webmaster to both retain current list of valid OACC user names and passwords.
The OACC website will contain general information about the Oregon Association of County Clerks (OACC) and related events. This may include:
- Agendas and Minutes of meetings and conferences
- Association related reports
- Photographs of events and conferences
- OACC publications
- Certification Manual
- Links to related sites
The OACC website will be updated after each Annual Conference by the Webmaster with assistance from the Website committee. The President of OACC can update the site as often as needed. Requests by OACC members to post any additional categories other than those listed above to submit such requests to the Website Committee for a recommendation to the Executive Committee to amend the By-Laws.
(August 15, 2006)
OACC Executive Committee Guidelines
- Executive Committee Decisions
- Membership Dues
- Conference Registrations
- Annual Budget
1) Executive Committee Decisions
The Executive Committee shall have the authority to make decisions that are time sensitive, pertain to day to day operations of the association, and do not fall outside of OACC’s mission, By-Laws or operational budget. These decisions should be made with all Executive Committee members present, except in extenuating circumstances (such as when a member cannot be reached after diligent effort). In this case, decisions made must be communicated to all Executive Committee members in a timely manner.
Executive Committee decisions shall be made by consensus and a majority vote of the voting members present. The President will summarize the discussion and seek consensus. Consensus will be determined by using the following decision scale:
1 = Full support, 100% agreement
2 = Agree, best option identified
3 = Neutral
4 = Some concern or reservations
5 = Opposed
Consensus is achieved when all members present are at level 1, 2 or 3 of the scale. Following consensus, the President will seek a vote to approve. A majority vote of the members present is required to ratify the committee decision.
2) Membership Dues
Annual membership dues shall be determined by Executive Committee consensus each year.
The voting member from each county shall pay the full membership dues each year. Full Membership is transferrable to new members assuming the voting position for that county. Associate members shall pay the appropriate dues (new or renewal) and these dues are not transferrable. NO refunds of paid membership dues shall be granted.
3) Conference Registration Fees
The conference registration fees and deadlines shall be determined by the presiding OACC President.
Registration fees, that have been paid, shall be transferrable. A request to transfer conference registration should be submitted by the vendor or county wishing to transfer the registration by the registration deadline. The registration can be transferred to any person qualified to attend the conference.
Any member or vendor wishing to cancel their conference registration and obtain a refund may do so, up until the cancellation deadline set by the OACC President. No refunds shall be granted after the deadline without the approval of the Executive Committee at the request of the President.
Prior to accepting a conference registration, the OACC Treasurer will review each conference registration form, to ensure that registrants are either a member of the association or have received an invitation to the conference from the OACC President, as required in the By-Laws Article X section 1(d).
4) Annual Budget
The Vice-President shall work with the Treasurer to produce a draft Fiscal Year budget. The draft budget must be approved by the Executive Committee for presentation at the Annual Conference in accordance with Article V Section 2(d) of the By-Laws.
(August 15, 2012)