Records Access Information

Public Records Requests
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The Massachusetts General Court (state legislature) and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law, Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, known as "An Act to Improve Public Records".  

You can access the law by clicking on this link.

The Records Access Officer (RAO) is a new function created by the new public records law.


According to the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website:

"Agencies and municipalities are required to designate 1 or more Records Access Officer (RAO).

The contact information for the RAO must be posted conspicuously, including on the agency's or municipality's website, if available. 
The RAO has a duty to:

  • Coordinate the agency's or municipality's response to requests for access to public records;
  • Assist individuals seeking public records in identifying the records requested;
  • Assist the custodian of records in preserving public records; and
  • Prepare guidelines that enable requestors to make informed requests."

The RAO for the Town of Wellfleet is: Town Clerk Joseph F. Powers, MMC/CMMC.

He can be reached by:


Office phone: (508) 349-0301 or (508) 349-0302

Fax: (508) 349-0317

By Mail: 

Office of the Town Clerk
300 Main Street,Wellfleet, MA 02667

Regular office hours: 8:00 am to 12 noon; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Monday through Friday.