Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Location Opening in Rocklin

Published on Aug. 10, 2023 

The Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of its new south Placer location in Rocklin. This event marked the first occasion that both members of local government and the public were able to visit the new location before it officially opens on Aug. 14. Speakers at the event included U.S. Representative Kevin Kiley, Assemblyman Joe Patterson and Placer County Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Holmes.

Known also as the “Atherton Building,” the new facility will serve as the primary location for all transactions with the Placer County Clerk-Recorder, though most services will remain available at the existing office at 2954 Richardson Drive in North Auburn.

Starting Monday, residents and business partners of Placer County will be able to record real property records, obtain copies of their vital records (such as death and birth certificates), apply for a marriage license or file a fictitious business name at the new office in Rocklin. If travel is on the horizon, they can make an appointment to file their passport application. They can even have their civil marriage in the newly furnished wedding suite that features floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant décor, or outside in the landscaped courtyard under a beautiful wooden trellis.

While the majority of Clerk-Recorder services will be available at both offices, all elections services will be conducted solely at the new location in Rocklin. Whether they are looking to run for office, register to vote, cast their ballot or observe during an election, individuals will find the new office in Rocklin affords more security, transparency and accessibility than ever before.  

“By having this building here in a more public-facing place is one example of how they are maintaining this access point in a way that really carries out the vision of our founders, which is self-governing communities,” remarked U.S. Representative Kevin Kiley.

A five-year project, the process to open the new facility started in 2018, when it became clear that the county’s steadily rising population meant the necessary acquisition of more voting equipment and election supplies - and additional warehouse space to house them securely.

Due to the lack of available warehouse space in Auburn, the search was expanded to south Placer County. After looking at multiple locations in Roseville, Lincoln and Rocklin, the Atherton location was determined to be the best available option due to its proximity to state Route 65, three major cities and four of the county’s five supervisorial districts.

“It is our hope that by offering a more central location, we will be able to engage with a greater number of residents and community partners,” said Placer County Board of Supervisors Chair and District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes.

At 43,000 square feet, the new office has space for more than 80 employees, allowing plenty of room to accommodate new team members as Placer’s population expands. The new office will also house the Placer County Public Health's Vital Statistics program, improving resident access to the records they maintain.

“Everything we do is open to the public and we designed this building with that mindset as its center piece,” said Ryan Ronco, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters. “May this building always serve our county as a symbol of accuracy, integrity, and transparency.”

You can access images of the office and b-roll of the event here: