It is the mission of the Town Clerk's Office to preserve the vital records of the Town; to efficiently administer and certify local Government activities including all Local, State and Federal Elections and to provide information and quality services to the community while working in coordination with Town Officials and Departments in a wide-range of functions in compliance with state and local statutes.
The Town Clerk is the Chief Election Official overseeing all aspects of elections whether they are Town, State or Federal and is responsible for the certification of all election results to the Secretary of State. The Town Clerk, Ex-Officio of the Board of Registrars, nominates approximately 100 Election Officials each year to the Select Board for appointment. The Town Clerk conducts the Annual Town Census; entering all Town resident data into the State census database. From the database, the Office prepares the Street List and furnishes the jury list to the Office of the Jury Commissioner.
The Town Clerk provides the certification of Planning Board actions, certification of Town Meeting votes and submissions to the Attorney General, along with certification of all Zoning Board of Appeals’ decisions. Additionally, the Town Clerk is the Registrar of Vital Statistics; registering all births, deaths and marriages that occur within the community and those events occurring elsewhere, to Town residents. The Town Clerk is responsible for the examining and certification of all vital records by signing and affixing the Town seal to all such records.
The Town Clerk is appointed by the Governor to solemnize a marriage in any community in the Commonwealth. The Town Clerk serves the Oath of Office to over 400 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 by law, to each. The Town Clerk is also responsible for maintaining the Conflict of Interest exam certifications from all Town employees and members of all Boards and Committees
The Town Clerk is the custodian of the Town Seal certifying all official actions of the Town, including Town Meeting legislation, appropriations, and all notes for borrowing. In 2022, at the Special Town Meeting held October 17, 2022, Warrant Article 22 voted to change the Town Seal by reverting back to the original 1913 Town Seal re-establishing the 1913 Town Seal as Westborough’s new Town Seal.
The Office of the Town Clerk issues various state licenses and permits, including: Marriage Licenses, Raffle & Bazaar Permits, and Fuel Storage Permit renewals. The Office also collects fees for Vital Records, Marriage Intentions, Dog Licenses & fines, Business Certificates/LLC’s/dba’s, Street Lists, Pole & Conduit locations, Civil Violations issued by Animal Control, Police and the Board of Health and all other recordings of documents required by MGL Chp 182, Sec 2.