Definition of town clerk in English:

town clerk


  • 1North American A public official in charge of the records of a town.

    • ‘At that moment the town clerk announced that the direction of the wind has just turned Westerly, meaning that Big Ben would run fast, cutting the hour down from 60 minutes to 50.’
    • ‘Town records reveal that Denny served Leicester as town clerk, selectman, moderator, representative to the General Court, and justice of the peace.’
    • ‘His first cousin is the town clerk, and his surname appears on the local Civil War monument.’
    • ‘In the meantime, however, he worked as the Beloit town clerk in 1855, a job that made him responsible for the city's 1855 census count.’
    • ‘If you are chosen town clerk, forsooth, you cannot go to Tierra del Fuego this summer: but you may go to the land of infernal fire nevertheless.’
    • ‘Pereira and Cordeiro obtained an active voter registration list from the town clerk, then went door-to-door at the homes of these residents and other people who seemed likely to vote.’
    • ‘In Republican Oyster Bay, the Democrats won two council seats and took the town clerk and the receiver of taxes posts.’
    • ‘Will a civil union require a license issued by the town clerk?’
    • ‘Doug Johnstone, town clerk of Provincetown, says his community is moving forward because of what he calls ‘an absence of any guidance’ from state officials.’
    • ‘What happens is the couple will go to the town clerk as a heterosexual couple would go.’
    • ‘It took a small bribe to get the schematics from the town clerk.’
  • 2(in the UK, until 1974) the secretary and legal adviser of a town corporation.

    • ‘Once everyone was gone, they broke into the town clerk's office and dragged the council safe along a corridor and out of a side entrance into Garnett Street.’
    • ‘At that point deputy mayor Hilary Cripps had to hold the town clerk's arm to prevent him leaving.’
    • ‘For in November 1946, as secretary to both the mayor and the town clerk of Malden and Coombe Council, she was involved in the civic reception to honour the memory of Squadron Leader Ian Bazalgette and Flying Officer Cyril Barton.’
    • ‘By taking over the apartheid town clerk's house, he is telling us that there is no fundamental change in governance since 1994.’
    • ‘Mr Layton, the town clerk for 15 years, brought the tribunal after he was dismissed for gross misconduct following a meeting of the council's disciplinary panel last year.’
    • ‘Commr Conroy added that maybe now was the time to re-establish the post of town clerk in Mountmellick rather than in Co. Hall in Portlaoise.’
    • ‘They picketed the mayor and town clerk's offices, demanding the immediate release of their salary arrears for February and March.’
    • ‘The town clerk also failed to give members a breakdown of comparative financial situations under the original and supplemental agreements.’
    • ‘He found that a report by the town clerk and city treasurer misled councillors into believing that a ‘side letter’ existed under which further negotiations would take place if minimum attendance levels were not reached.’
    • ‘The town clerk and I have been designing a new costume for me, based around maroon and white, with a Duke of Wellington style hat.’
    • ‘He has concluded that the conduct of two former officers (the former town clerk and the former city treasurer) involved misconduct but that such misconduct was not wilful.’
    • ‘The story is also told of Swindon Corporation's town clerk David Murray John, who led the wartime purchase and lobbied the Government for a grant for Lydiard House.’
    • ‘Relatives of the former town clerk, John Freeman, who recently died, discovered the yellowing stack of historic maps, newspaper clippings, letters and official documents when they were sorting through his things.’
    • ‘Whitworth councillor Tom Aldred said the disappearance of the former town clerk was still a talking point in the district.’
    • ‘In 1272 the town clerk, avoiding imminent charges for dereliction of duty, made off with the original Domesday and other borough records.’
    • ‘Open to the public since 1955, the estate was actually bought for the town in 1943, thanks largely to the efforts of corporation town clerk David Murray John.’
    • ‘They were furious when the town clerk said he would not have the handover dates until the next meeting.’
    • ‘A former town clerk who won a tribunal against his unfair sacking has launched a stinging attack on his former employers.’
    • ‘From 1992 there appeared to have been no report to the committee of the town clerk's salary or the rationale for it.’
    • ‘On that date the town council employed a municipal statistician in the town clerk's department.’


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