Town of Brewster, Massachusetts

Town Clerk

Section II - General Government: 1611 Town Clerk

Mission Statement

The Town Clerk upholds the integrity of the Town’s democratic processes by maintaining and holding an accurate, efficient election. The Town Clerk:

  • Maintains official municipal records.
  • Administers fair and accurate federal, state, and local elections.
  • Oversees the town census, voter registration, and vital records.
  • Issues certain licenses and permits.
  • Is a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public.

Accomplishments for FY2022

  • Worked as a collective group to hold a record-setting Town Meeting.
  • Held a special election with almost 3000 ballots being requested by mail.
  • New precinct boundary descriptions accepted by the Local Election District Review Commission (LEDRC).
  • In the process of purchasing the new voting tabulators.
  • Qualified for re-certification of Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk certification.

Goals & Initiatives for FY2023

  • Implementing all of the new election related laws for the upcoming September primary and midterm election.
  • Preparing for a large primary and state election in 2022.
  • Working with CPC to digitize a selection of historic records.
  • Potentially working on implementing the new Town Charter.
  • Using work-off workers to scan more records for availability on the website.

Budget Highlights

  • The budget represents a $48,704 (24.28%) increase over the FY22 budget.
  • An increase of $24,250 is provided in election wages. This year the state has extended early voting in person to 14 days, and there was also a minimum wage increase which affects each worker in Elections and Registrars across the board.
  • An increase of $1,900 is provided for registrar wages.
  • An increase of $4,800 is provided for purchased services.
  • An increase of $1,975 is provided for miscellaneous expenses.
  • The remaining increase in personnel services reflects contractual obligations and the implementation of the Compensation and Class Study.