DescriptionThe Connecticut State Statutes govern the many responsibilities of the Town Clerk. The Town Clerk’s Office is the major records repository for the Town of New Fairfield which includes documents ranging from Land Records to Vital Records. The office indexes and scans all Land Records and maintains the New Fairfield Town Clerk Maps. The Town Clerk also functions as the Registrar of Vital Statistics. The office provides certified copies of records ranging from Birth Certificates to Land Records.
In addition to the above, this office issues and maintains a variety of licenses such as marriage, sporting and dog licenses. The Town Clerk performs many duties in elections, primaries, and referendums. The Town Clerk's Office issues and maintains absentee ballots and certifies election results.
All official business of the town is kept in the Town Clerk's Office. The Town Clerk is the guardian of the Town Seal. This seal is affixed only to proper and valid municipal documents.
The Town Clerk’s mission is to efficiently maintain all town journals, land records, maps, trade names, vital records, military discharges, and minutes of all Board and Commission meetings.
AccomplishmentsThe Town Clerk’s Office has made many upgrades to better serve the public. The land records computer system currently allows the public access to the land record indexes beginning on January 1, 1972.
Through historic preservation grants, we have been able to attach scanned images of recorded documents to the land record indexes. These scanned images are available to view and print from our search computers. Thanks to a capital project in 2016, the remaining computer indexed land record documents are now linked to their images. With the capital project, the document images prior to our computer indexes have also been scanned enabling the public to print any land record since our first recorded document in 1867.
Historic preservation grants have also been used by our office to organize and compile Board and Commission minutes, agendas and regulations. These documents have been reproduced on archival paper and assembled in permanent books as well as microfilmed for historic preservation. These books give the public easy access to search for information. Historic preservation grants have also been used to purchase fireproof cabinets to store our election information, vital records and historical documents.
Prior to becoming New Fairfield’s Town Clerk I attended classes and was certified as a Connecticut Town Clerk. My full-time assistant has also received her certification. My staff and I attend classes to keep up to date on new changes that affect our office. We work to fulfill the needs of the residents of the Town of New Fairfield to the best of our abilities.