Alissa Van Sloten became City Clerk in May 2021 after working in the Clerk’s Office for 11 years. City Council appoints and oversees the City Clerk. The Clerk’s responsibilities include supervising Clerk’s Office staff and maintaining the City’s official records — such as Council proceedings, licenses and permits, and boards and commissions. The Clerk also responds to requests for information from members of the public and City personnel.
Alissa began her career with the City of Cedar Rapids in January 2000 as a temporary secretary in the Safety and Health division of the Human Resources Department. In August 2003, she moved to the Mayor’s Office as the Council Administrative Assistant. She continued to work with Council in the City Manager’s Office following the change in the City’s form of government in 2006. Alissa was promoted to Deputy City Clerk in August 2010.
During her time as Deputy Clerk, Alissa helped the City Clerk’s Office and IT Department implement agenda-automation software that streamlines Council meeting preparation and finalization. This effort resulted in significant time and cost savings. In 2017, many types of Council documents were made available on the City’s website for the public to search and view.
Alissa earned a bachelor's degree in administrative management from Mount Mercy University in 2003. She became an Iowa Certified Municipal Clerk in 2020 and will soon complete the requirements for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks’ Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation.