September 11, 2020
355 East Central Street
Dear Mr. Chairman:
I am writing to inform you that I will be resigning my position as Franklin's Town Clerk, effective Friday, September 18, 2020.
I am resigning to re-establish confidence with the voters of this community in their elections. After the events of the past three months, this election season has been the most challenging election cycle in my career. I fully support our Town Clerk office staff and election workers to take my place and lead this community through future elections.
I want to assure every resident that my performance over the past few months for this election was not intentional, nor have I ever conspired to deprive any voter of their ability to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted as part of an election. Any oversights that I made during this election cycle are due to the many challenges this election has brought upon myself. I believe it is in the best interest of the community to have a new leadership team in place.
I thank the Town Council, town staff and citizens of this community for their support through the years. I will always cherish the opportunity you gave me for the previous 5 years to serve as your Town Clerk.
Teresa M. Burr
Cc: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
Today I received a letter of resignation from Town Clerk Teresa Burr. On behalf of the entire Town Council, I want to thank Teresa for her many successful years of dedicated service to the town. I fully support her personal decision to step aside and for the reasons stated. I wish her and her family all of the best in the future.
I want to assure the voters of Franklin that our current Town Clerk office staff, in conjunction with assistance from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s team, will conduct a flawless election in November and beyond. While the events of the past two weeks have certainly caused some concern in town, I am confident in the ability of the Town Clerk office staff, our election workers, and collective town staff to support them as they work tirelessly toward November.
Thomas D. Mercer,
Chair Franklin Town Council
|Town Clerk Teresa Burr resigns effective 9/18/20|
PDF copy of Teresa Burr's letter