SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 41 of the General Laws or any other general law, special law or bylaw to the contrary, the Office of Town Clerk in the Town of Topsfield shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Town Clerk shall be governed by the Town of Topsfield Personnel Bylaw and shall have all the powers, perform all the duties and be subject to the liabilities and penalties conferred and imposed by the law on town clerks.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding Section 1, the position of elected Town Clerk shall be abolished upon the expiration of the term of the current elected incumbent, and provided further that such incumbent shall also then become the first appointed Town Clerk, unless sooner resignation, retirement or removal.
SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its passage.
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