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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN OF THE TOWN OF TOPSFIELD TO APPOINT THE TOWN CLERK.

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding chapter 41 of the General Laws or any other general or special law or town by-law to the contrary, the town clerk of the town of Topsfield shall be appointed by the board of selectmen.  The town clerk shall be governed by the Topsfield personnel by-law 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 in the town of Topsfield shall be abolished upon the effective date of this act and the term of the elected incumbent terminated; provided, however, that the elected incumbent shall then become the first appointed town clerk and shall serve in that capacity for a period of time equivalent to the remainder of the elected term or sooner resignation, retirement or removal. Thereafter, appointments to the position of town clerk shall be made by the board of selectmen pursuant to section 1.
     SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, August 28, 2015.