“An Act to Improve Public Records”, Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016 made significant changes to the Public Records Law that take effect on January 1, 2017.
The Supervisor of Records has promulgated regulations 950 CMR 32 to implement the new law which further requires the Town to establish guidelines to assist requestors in making informed requests and post such guidelines on the municipal website by July 1, 2017.
The Public Records Law creates a new position called the Records Access Officer (RAO). Regulations define the RAO as a governmental officer or employee within the municipality designated to perform duties described in 950 CMR 32 including coordinating a response to request for access to public records, assisting individuals seeking public records in identifying the records requested, assisting the custodian in preserving and managing public records, and preparing guidelines that enable requestors to make informed requests.
The Board of Selectmen at their December 21, 2016 appointed the following RAO's to assist the public with requests within their departments:
Records Access Officer's
Lynn Sibley, Town Clerk (Principal RAO) 413-665-4400 x3
Cynthia Herbert-Ramirez - Assessors 413-665-4400 x4
James Sevigne - Police Chief 413-665-0430
Maryellen Cranston - Alternate 413-665-4400 x1
For Board of Health and Health Agent Issues call 413-268-8404
For School Related issues contact Patti Cavanaugh, Business Manager at 413-665-1155