Your Town Clerk: The Keeper of Records and So Much More

The Sunapee Town Clerk and Tax Collector’s office will be closed Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11 so that employees can attend the NH City & Town Clerk’s Conference. The Sunapee office will be open Saturday, September 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

New to town and want to register to vote? Have a car to register or re-register? Or perhaps you need a copy of a vital record? Then, you’ll soon be visiting your Town Clerk’s office. In Sunapee, Betty Ramspott is the Town Clerk and Tax Collector and Melissa Heino, the deputy clerk and tax collector.

“I like to think we are the nucleus of the town,” said Sunapee Town Clerk Betty Ramspott from her office at the Sunapee Town Hall on Edgemont Road. “We meet nearly every new person in town” and, one way or another, “touch their lives at least once a year.”

Along with preserving vital records and maintaining an array of public documents, the clerk’s office registers motor vehicles and boats, administers oaths and assists townspeople and other local and state officials by providing information. The Town Clerk’s office is critically important to the town and central to civic activities. And the job is a real people-person job.

“That’s why I like it so much.”

Ramspott is in her 13th year as Sunapee’s Town Clerk and Tax Collector and she has a CMC after her name. She is one of less than 20 certified municipal clerks in the New Hampshire. Recognition came in 2009, on Town Meeting day, a very busy day for clerks who have many Election Day and Town Meeting responsibilities. The International Institute of Municipal Clerks issued the title after Ramspott completed three years of study at St. Michael’s and presented her qualifications.

Ramspott and other clerks from around the Granite State gather this week at the Red Jacket in North Conway for the annual New Hampshire City & Town Clerk’s Conference. Ramspott served as the association president in 2002-2003.

“That was the most memorable year of my professional career,” Ramspott said. “It’s a great organization.” Members network throughout the year and when issues arise.

At this year’s meeting, several town clerks from the region are amongst the slate of officers nominated for 2009/2010. Grantham Town Clerk Rita Eigenbrode will be named to continue as treasurer and New London Town Clerk Linda Hardy, secretary. Deb Clark, Charlestown, will be the association president; Sue McKinnon, Newfields, 1st vice president; and Tricia Piecuch, Nashua, 2nd vice president. Kathy Seaver, Farmington, is the past president.

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