FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council unanimously appointed Assistant City Clerk Lisa Ferguson Acting City Clerk, effective July 28.
City Clerk Valerie Mulvey is retiring on Friday, July 27. She was elected Town Clerk in 2000, and has served ever since.
The City Clerk reports to the 11-member City Council.
The City Council unanimously voted to advertise the position internally only for 14-days, with the intention of appointing Ferguson the new City Clerk.
Ferguson has been the Assistant Town or City Clerk for Framingham for 18 years.
At-Large City Councilor George King said Ferguson was an excellent employee in a well-run department, so he saw no need to go outside the organization to look for Mulvey’s replacement.
District 1 City Councilor Charlie Sisitsky agreed.
Sisitsky said he was one of the Selectmen who hired Ferguson, and she is a “very qualified person” to replace Mulvey.
It has “always amazed me how efficient she is and how knowledgeable she is on state statues and local bylaws and ordinances. I’m convinced we will never find anyone to come close to Lisa to be City Clerk.”
I’m very comfortable supporting Lisa as acting and the voting her as the permanent city clerk, said Sisitsky.
“She is highly respected throughout the Commonwealth by all the other city and town clerks,” said Mulvey Tuesday night before the City Council.
Mulvey also pointed out that Ferguson is tri-lingual speaking English, Portguese, and Spanish.
“That is a great plus for the Clerk’s office,” said Mulvey.
District 4 City Councilor Mike Cannon made the motion to appoint Ferguson as acting City Clerk.
The vote was 10-0, with District 9 City Councilor Edgardo Torres absent.
Updated with new cover photo on July 25