Public Record Requests

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“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 20, 2016 appointed the following RAO's to asssit the public with requests within their departments:

RAO’s at 135 School Street, Walpole, MA 02780

  • Tom Gregory, Assistant Town Administrator             (508) 660-7277
  • Jodi Cuneo, Town Accountant                                  (508) 660-7318
  • Dennis Flis, Appraiser
  • David Norton, Building Commissioner                       (508) 660-6348
  • Marilyn Thompson, Finance Director                        (508) 660-7299
  • Landis Hershey, Conservation Agent                        (508) 660-7268       
  • Kerri McManama, Council on Aging Director            (508) 668-3330
  • Elizabeth Dennehy, Economic Development             (508) 660-7352
  • Maggie Walker, Town Engineer                                 (508) 660-7211
  • Robin Chapell, Health Director                                  (508) 660-7321
  • Valorie Donohue, Human Resources Administrator  (508) 660-7294
  • Rick Mattson, Superintendent of Sewer & Water       (508) 660-7307
  • Michael Donovan, IT Director                                    (508) 660-7300 

RAO’s (see address information)

Patrick Shield, Recreation Director                                   (508) 660-6353 

Blackburn Memorial Hall  

30 Stone Street, Walpole, MA 02081  
 

Sal Genovese, Library Director                                        (508) 660-7334

143 School Street

Walpole, MA 02081

 

Bob O’Brien, DPW Director                       

1385 Washington Street

Walpole, MA 02081

 

Super RAO’s

Tim Bailey, Fire Chief                                                        (508) 668-0260   

20 Stone  Street

Walpole, MA 02081

 

John Carmichael, Chief of Police                                      (508) 668-1212    

972 Main Street

Walpole, MA 02081

Super RAO’s – overseeing compliance by RAO’s & writing guidelines (135 School Street)

  • Jim Johnson, Town Administrator                              (508) 660-7277
  • Elizabeth Gaffey, Town Clerk                                     (508) 660-7296
  • Lincoln Lynch, Superintendent of Schools                 (508) 660-7200

Public Records Request Form

 

Public Records Access Guidelines