February 28, 2020

No Change Needed Here

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A State Primary, a presidential election and early voting all on NEW voting machines. Federal census, which will possibly require redrawing some of Seekonk's precinct lines. Issuing DBA's, town meeting prep and minutes, poll worker training, vital records maintained and issued, affidavits of correction of vital records, dog licensing, mailing of ZBA apps to board members, yard sale permits, burial agent tasks---all duties of the Town Clerk regulated by MGL and local laws and charter.

The current Town Clerk is a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public and attends Massachusetts Town Clerk conferences to stay current on the state laws and duties of the office. Taxpayers of Seekonk already have invested financially in the current Town Clerk for these parts of the job.

Town Clerk connotation does not fairly address the importance of this job. It is one of the first jobs created by our founding fathers and has grown in importance over the years with more mandates by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Not a time to change the person in the office as a new person can not change any of these mandated duties. The learning curve would be tremendous, especially in a big election year. Not needed when the current Town Clerk has already participated in these tasks when she was the Assistant Town Clerk for two years. At the time she was Assistant Town Clerk she prepared for my retirement and was elected to the position. She hired an Assistant Town Clerk who had worked in Town Hall for many years and knew the functions of the other departments in the town. This is a plus when taking on the Town Clerk's and Assistant Town Clerk's positions.

The Town Clerk's position is the only elected position in town that is a real full time salaried job. This is someone's livelihood. Please don't treat it like a political football. I ask that you support Florice Craig for re-election to the Town Clerk's position.

Sincerely,
Jan Parker
Retired Seekonk Town Clerk

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