"An Act to Improve Public Records", Chapter 121, Acts of 2016 was signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker with many of the provisions set to take effect on January 1, 2017. The New Public Records Law created the position of a Records Access Officer(s)(RAO). The RAO's duties consists of coordinating a response to public record requests, assisting individuals seeking public records access, maintaining records of the requests, and preparing guidelines for the process. In compliance with the law, the Freetown Board of Selectmen have appointed the Assistant Town Clerk, Cheryl Estrella, as the Master Records Access Officer (MRAO) and in addition, appointed the town department heads as Record Access Clerks.
Effective January 1, 2017, all Public Record requests for the Town of Freetown must be submitted to the Master Records Access Officer who will record all requests made and then forward the requests to the Record Access Clerks to process.
Below is a Public Records Request Form and a few helpful Public Record links. All written request forms can be submitted by mail to: Town of Freetown, Cheryl Estrella, Assistant Town Clerk/MRAO, PO Box 438, Assonet, MA, 02702, or in person to: Cheryl Estrella, Assistant Town Clerk/MRAO, 3 North Main St, Assonet, MA, 02702, or by email to: email@example.com. Oral records requests can be made at the Office of the Town Clerk , 3 North Main St., Assonet, MA, 02702, Monday-Thursday 8AM-4PM and Friday 8AM-12Noon. Oral requests for public records will not be accepted by phone.
All Public Records Requests for the regional schools should be directed to: Superintendent Richard Medeiros, Freetown/Lakeville Public Schools, Office of the Superintendent, 98 Howland Rd, Lakeville, MA 02347; phone number, 508-923-2000; email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the Town Clerk/MRAO with any questions regarding the process at 508-644-2201 ext 2.