Town Clerk

The Office of the Town Clerk strives to serve the public as cooperatively and efficiently as possible. The Office of the Town Clerk is the central information location of the Town. We work with all departments in order to provide the residents of Somerset with up to date and helpful information.

The Town Clerk is responsible for a myriad of duties and governed by Massachusetts General Laws. The Town Clerk is the custodian of Town records, the Chief Election Official, the Graves Registrar, the Registrar of Vital Statistics (births, deaths, and marriages), public records officer, and licensing officer.

The vital records in the Town of Somerset date back to its incorporation date, 1790. In addition to vital records, our office also contains records of all Town Meetings, Elections, Zoning decisions, and records of all elected and appointed town officials and employees.

The Town Clerk is also responsible for the issuance of Dog Licenses, Sporting Licenses, Raffle & Bazaar Permits, Business Certificates, and Gasoline Storage Permits.

As the Chief Election Official, the Town Clerk is responsible for conducting all Local, State, and Federal Elections and reporting results as required by State law. The Town Clerk is also the Clerk of the Board of Registrars and works very closely with the Board to maintain accurate voter registration records.

The Town Clerk is also accepts and posts meeting notices of all Town Boards & Committees. In addition, the Town Clerk administers the Annual Town Census.

Following Town Meetings, the Town Clerk is also responsible for the updating and maintaining of By-laws, and maintaining the acceptance of State Statutes as they are accepted.

The position of Town Clerk is elected to 3 year terms in the Town of Somerset. Currently, I, Dolores Berge, am your Town Clerk. I was appointed at the Acting Town Clerk in March of 2011 and then elected in May, 2011, and subsequently in 2014 and 2017, and I am currently a Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk. I have a total of 32 years of experience working for the Town of Somerset. Along with my Assistant Town Clerk, Kathleen Maiato, we strive to make our office as efficient and helpful to the residents as possible. It is our pleasure to be your link to the past, present, and future of the Town of Somerset.

WEBSITE CONTENT – PLEASE NOTE: POSTINGS ON THE TOWN WEBSITE ARE FOR ACCOMMODATION PURPOSES ONLY. THE TIMES OF THESE POSTINGS DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE ACTUAL TIMES OF RECEIPT AND  POSTINGS AT THE TOWN HALL.  THE OFFICIAL POSTING PLACE OF MEETING NOTICES FOR THE TOWN OF SOMERSET IS THE OUTDOOR BULLETING BOARD LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Dolores Berge Town Clerk (508) 646-2818
Kathleen Maiato Assistant Town Clerk (508) 646-2818
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