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Election Day in West Greenwich

Voters to decide Charter Question on ballot

PROVIDENCE, RI -- In a special election today, voters in West Greenwich will decide on a proposed change to the West Greenwich Town Charter.

The Charter Commission met in August to revisit a proposed Charter amendment, which was not approved in the 2012 Election. The Charter Review Commission voted unanimously to place this question before the voters in an All Day Referendum.

Currently, the Town Clerk's position is an elected post and the person elected is required to be a resident of West Greenwich. If approved, a Town Clerk could be removed for cause, as is the case with other Town employees and the residency requirement waived.

On today's ballot, the question will read as follows: Shall the Town Clerk be appointed by the Town Council and the residency requirement waived; similar to other Town Department Heads?

The Town Clerk is responsible for all town records and recordings, probate issues, town council minutes, all licensing and operation of an office that processes all State and municipal mandates along with other local duties and responsibilities.

Currently, in the town of West Greenwich, all other department heads (Town Administrator, Chief of Police, Public Works Director, Tax Assessor, Planner, Treasurer, and Building Official) are hired by the Town Council with no residency requirement.

Polling Place is West Greenwich Town Hall 280 Victory Highway West Greenwich, Rhode Island

Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please visit www.sos.ri.gov/vic for a sample ballot

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 10-22-2013

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