City Clerk

PROCESS SERVERS: Effective Monday, June 22, 2020, due to COVID-19, we will be closing City Hall to the public for an undetermined period of time. The City Clerk will accept legal service of process by appointment only. The City Clerk will continue to accept all legal filings in accordance with applicable law.

To schedule an appointment for acceptance of service of process, please contact the City Clerk’s Office by phone: at 623-222-1200; or by e-mail: at

Acceptance guidelines are as follows:

Attention to all process servers, and those seeking to serve process on the City or any City Official or employee, pursuant to ARIZ. R. CIV. PRO. RULE 4.1(h), the City Clerk can only accept service of process for the City of Surprise. For service upon an individual, please consult with an Attorney and the rules of civil and criminal procedure.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
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About the City Clerk

The City Clerk, appointed by the City Council, serves as the city’s official records custodian. That includes maintaining the Surprise City Code, council meeting minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts/agreements, deeds and easements, leases, insurance certificates, bonds, annexation documents, liquor license postings and notifications, notarized affidavits of publications, meeting and agenda postings. The City Clerk affixes the Surprise City Seal on all official documents.

The City Clerk also serves as the City’s Chief Elections Officer; administers City Council Meetings and attests to all official acts of the Mayor posting meeting notices, advertising public hearings and handles the administrative duties for the Boards and Commission application process including advertising vacant positions, collecting applications and setting up interviews.

In 2008, the City Council appointed the City Clerk as the City Historian and was assigned the task to complete a book outlining the City’s history in celebration of the 50th Anniversary that took place in December 2010.
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