Preservation of archives is a proper and natural function of government. Public records are public property, and stewardship over records is a government responsibility. Like other public assets, the City’s records are held in trust for the citizens, by custodians, that is, the heads of city departments.
Once permanent records are no longer required for current business, they must be transferred to the City Archives. Here they are protected and permanently preserved as historical, cultural and legal assets for use by City government and the public.
The City Archives, administered by the City Clerk’s Office, is charged with a special role in protecting and managing the recorded information of the City of Everett. The mission of the City Archives, created by the Statutes of the Commonwealth, Chapter 68, Acts of 1988, is to protect and preserve the permanent official public records of Everett municipal government since its founding in 1870, to document, arrange and provide day to day access to these archives, and to assist city departments with cost effective records management practices.
The Registrar of Voters is responsible for maintaining procedures relating to the registration of voters, developing and maintaining annual list of voters, and conducting the annual census of residents of the City.
2020 City Census By Mail
An annual city census mailer is sent to every household. You must respond if you are a resident of Everett whether you are a voter or not. Every person should be listed, including all children and non- U.S. citizens. This is a very important function to the city in regards to state funding as well as keeping your name listed as active on the voting lists.
FOIA Public Records
What is a Public Record?
Every record that is made or received by a government entity or employee is presumed to be a public record unless a specific statutory exemption permits or requires it to be withheld in whole or in part. Exemptions may be found at Chapter 4, Section 7(26) of the Massachusetts General Laws.
Organizations that have obtained a Raffle and Bazaar permit application from the City Clerk are entitled to conduct an unlimited amount of raffles during the period the permit is valid (1 year from the date of issuance). The permit also allows a maximum of 3 Nights to be sponsored.
History of the City Clerk
The Municipal Clerk is the oldest of public servants in local government, along with the tax collector. The profession traces back before Biblical times. For example, the modern Hebrew translation of Town Clerk is “Mazkir Ha’ir” which literally translated, means city or town Reminder: “The early keepers of archives were often called Remembrancers:” and before writing came into use their memory served as the public record.
Inspectional Services Online Permitting
The City of Everett is pleased to offer residents, organizations and businesses the ability to apply, pay for, and receive building, electrical, gas, plumbing, and mechanical permits online. Users will also have the ability to check the status of permits and inspections.
This is the first phase of a multi-phase project to improve customer service and increase accessibility to government services.
Physicians practicing medicine in the City of Everett are required to file a Physicians Certificate of Registration under Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 112, Section 8.
Vital Records have been registered in Massachusetts since 1635. Statewide collection began in 1841. Everett has records for events that occurred from 1870 to the present day.
Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the City Clerk’s Office.Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders. The City Clerk’s Office maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Clerk’s Office.
Note that only certified copies of records are issued by the Clerk’s Office regardless of intended use.
The deadline to register to vote in any election or regular town meeting is twenty (20) days prior to the date of the election or meeting. The deadline to register to vote in a special town meeting is ten (10) days prior to the special town meeting. You may register to vote in
- you are a citizen of the United States; and
- you will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election; and
- you are a resident of Massachusetts; and
- you are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.