How many cities and towns appoint their town clerks?
August 29, 2007
Q: How many cities and towns appoint their town clerks?
A: According to data provided by the Massachusetts Town Clerks’ Association, city and town clerks in 254 municipalities are elected, while seventy-nine cities and towns appoint their clerks. In eighteen other municipalities, clerks have been granted tenure. This group includes clerks who were elected as well as some who were appointed.
Since 1997, towns have had the power to change positions such as town clerk and treasurer from elected to appointed without having to seek approval from the Legislature. There is no readily available data, however, to indicate a notable increase in the number of appointed clerks in the past decade.