Town Clerk

The Town Clerk performs duties in accordance with the provisions of more than 73 Chapters and 451 sections of Massachusetts General Law.    The Town Clerk serves as Registrar of Vital Statistics, Chief Election Officer, Clerk of the Board of Registrars and the custodian of town records.  

The Town Clerk is responsible for issuing marriage licenses, birth and death records, hunting licenses as well as dog licenses.  

The Clerk coordinates and administers federal, state and town elections.   This includes ensuring that all statutory requirements are adhered to;  supervising and training of all election officials; monitoring polling place to ensure conformance; administering absentee and early procedures; providing voting registration sessions; distributing  and certifying  nomination papers; recording results of election returns; maintaining voter data base and maintaining and testing voting equipment. 

Postings for all meetings for town boards and committees must be filed with the Clerk, and posted per the Open Meeting Law.  The Town Clerk is the Records Access Officer, which helps ensure access to public records in compliance with State Public Records Law and corresponding regulations.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Tara J. Whiting-Wells Town Clerk & Records Access Officer