The purpose of the Brown County Clerk is to perform services for the public, including conducting elections, issuing and the distribution of Federal, state and county licenses and permits, publish annually the Brown County Directory, and supports the County’s government information line. The County Clerk also serves the County Board by assuring completion of necessary support functions. The County Clerk is responsible for conducting county, state, and national elections to include: publishing of legal notices; filing of nomination papers; coding, printing, and distributing ballots; tabulating and releasing election results; and storing and maintaining election records, supplies, and ballots. The County Clerk’s Office acts as an agent for the Department of State accepting applications for U.S. passports. Marriage licenses are issued to include obtaining confidential information, and the collection and payment of funds as necessary. Dog licenses are received and distributed to municipalities, as an agent of the state, to include the distribution of forms and the generation of reports. The County Clerk’s Office also issues golf passes and certificates for the Brown County Golf Course; issues boat launch permits and work permits for minors; and issues emergency alarm permits. In addition, the County Clerk serves the County Board by recording and publishing the County Board proceedings, assuring compliance with open meeting and record laws, and maintains files of legal papers and other documents. The Clerk’s Office provides numerous other auxiliary services, as required by law, to all constituencies internal and external to Brown County including annual payments for the upkeep of Veterans’ Graves to Cemetery Associations.