September 18, 2020
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Dear Chairman Mercer:
Due to the resignation of Teresa M . Burr as the Town Clerk effective today, I have been advised by the Town Attorney that I am the appointing authority for any temporary appointment to the position of Town Clerk. Town Charter Article 3 Section 3-2 defaults to general law regarding the replacement of the Town Clerk position. Thus, state law governs both the temporary and permanent replacement of this position.
Therefore, pursuant to MGL chapter 44 section 14, MGL chapter 4 section 7, and MGL chapter 41 section 19E, I hereby appoint Nancy Danello to the position of "Temporary Town Clerk" until the next regularly scheduled town election, which falls on November 2, 2021. Additionally, pursuant to general law, an election to fill the position of Town Clerk must be held at a regularly scheduled election. There is no statutory provision to allow for a special election to fill the position.
Ms. Danello has my full confidence to lead the Town Clerk's Office through the upcoming elections. At this critical juncture, it is essential to have someone lead the upcoming elections who is familiar with the Town and has the local experience of our elections system, staff and town geography. In meetings with her this week to debrief and evaluate the most recent state primary, I am confident the appropriate measures will be taken to ensure there will not be a repeat of that event and that every ballot will be processed and counted on time and within the parameters set out by state statute governing elections.
Karen Bratt , Human Resources Director
Mark Cerel, Town Attorney
|Teresa Burr and newly appointed Temporary Town Clerk Nancy Danello as they provided an update to the Town Council Mtg, Aug 12, 2020|