Town Clerk

The Town Clerk is the oldest of public servants in local government, along with the tax collector. The profession traces back before Biblical times.  Over the years, Municipal Clerks have become the hub of government, the direct link between the inhabitants of their community and their government. The Town Clerk is the historian of the community; the entire recorded history of the town and its people is in her care.

The Town Clerk serves you as:

Chief Election Official: The Clerk supervises voter registration, oversees polling places, election officers, and the general conduct of all elections. The Clerk directs the preparation of ballots, polling places, voting equipment, voting lists, administers campaign finance laws, certifies nomination papers and initiative petitions, and serves on the Board of Registrars. The Clerk conducts the annual town census and prepares the street list of residents.

Recording Officer:  The Clerk records and certifies all official actions of the town, including Town Meeting legislation and appropriations, election results, Planning and Zoning Board decisions, and signs all notes for borrowing.

Keeper of the Records and the Town Seal: The Clerk keeps all official records of births, deaths, and marriages; provides certified copies of vital records and conducts genealogical research for members of the public and is responsible for maintenance, disposition, and preservation of municipal archival records and materials. The Town Clerk attests by signature and seal to bonds, contracts, bylaws, resolutions and any other documents requiring town certification. The Town Clerk administers the oath of office to all town officials, whether they are elected or appointed.

Licensing Officer:  The Clerk issues marriage licenses, business certificates (dba certificates), dog licenses, underground fuel storage registrations and raffle permits.

Public Records Officer:  The Clerk provides certified copies of vital records and is responsible for the maintenance, disposition, and preservation of municipal archival records and materials.

The Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk are Justices of the Peace, Notaries Public, and Commissioners to Qualify Public Officers.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Julie S. Smith Town Clerk, Master Municipal Clerk (M.M.C.) & Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk (C.M.M.C.) (508) 945-5101
Paula A. Tobin Assistant Town Clerk, Certified Municipal Clerk (C.M.C.) (508) 945-5101