It is intent of the Town Clerk to keep and preserve the Official Records; Town Meeting recordings and Vital Records of the residents, for the Town of Westborough and future generations. Further, it is the Clerk’s intent to ensure that all citizens, 18 years or older, in the Town of Westborough, are assured their “Right to Vote” and that the integrity of their vote is maintained throughout every election.
The Town Clerk
The first Town Clerk was elected January 15, 1718.
The Town Clerk’s Office is responsible for many and varied requests and services. The Town Clerk is the Chief Election Official overseeing all aspects of elections whether they are town or state elections. The Clerk is Ex-Officio of (3) three members of the Board of Registrars; recommends appointment of over 50 Election Officials; conducts the Annual Town Census; updates and maintains the state census database; prepares the Street List; and furnishes the jury list to the Office of the Jury Commissioner.
The Town Clerk is the official recorder of Town Meeting proceedings, recording and certifying all official actions of the Town, including Town Meeting legislation and appropriations, Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals’ decisions; signs all notes for borrowing and is the custodian of the Town Seal.
The Town Clerk is Registrar of Vital Statistics; registering all vital events (births, deaths and marriages) occurring within the community and those events occurring elsewhere to town residents.
The Town Clerk serves as the Public Records Officer by administering The Oath of Office to over 480 elected and appointed members of local committees and boards and provides a copy of the Open Meeting Law and Conflict of Interest Law as required; Performs Notarizations as needed, Issues state licenses and permits, including: Marriage Licenses, Permits for Raffles & Bazaars, and Fuel Storage Permit renewals.
The Town Clerk may petition the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for appointment as a Justice of the Peace, allowing the Clerk to solemnize a Marriage in any community in the Commonwealth.