Public Records

"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 Town Clerk, Cheryl C.A. Estrella, CMC, as the Master Records Access Officer (MRAO) and 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. 

Please contact the Town Clerk/MRAO with any questions regarding the process at 508-644-2201 ext 2.

Please click here to make your public records request.

You can also submit a written request via email to, or mailed to: Town of Freetown, Cheryl C.A. Estrella, Town Clerk/MRAO, PO Box 438 Assonet, MA 02702. You do not need to fill out the form to make your request -- written requests can be made by sending an email or a letter to the addresses provided.

In-Person Requests

Written requests can be dropped off in person in the Office of the Town Clerk or in the white drop box in front of Town Hall, 3 North Main Street in Assonet, MA 02702.

Note: Requests can be made orally at the Office of the Town Clerk only -- oral requests for public records will not be accepted by phone.

Public Records Requests for the Regional Schools

All Public Records Requests for the regional schools should be directed to: Superintendent Alan Strauss, Freetown/Lakeville Public Schools, Office of the Superintendent, 98 Howland Rd, Lakeville, MA 02347; phone number, 508-923-2000; email address,

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