IV.6.4 The town clerk

Johann Christian Huthsteiner was town clerk in Ortrand.

Town clerks contributed significantly to the development and expansion of the administrative structures of Saxon cities. Her field of activity included a variety of tasks. Among other things, they were involved in drawing up the storey register or they created the city’s account books. Her office also provided for the representation of the city in foreign affairs or the representation of the citizens in disputes. In addition to the annually changing councils, the town clerks represented the stable element of city administration. Their great importance is also evident from the fact that many town clerks joined the council and some were even elected mayors.

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