Janice M. O’Connell
County Clerk and Clerk of the Assembly of Delegates
NOTE: The County Clerk is NOT the County Clerk of Courts. If you need information from the County court system please call 508-375-6600 and they will direct your call to the proper official.
Duties of the Assembly of Delegates Clerk: The Clerk of the Assembly of Delegates was originally elected by the Delegates for a two year term that ran concurrently with the terms of the Delegates. As a result of a change to the Barnstable County Home Rule Charter in 2000, it was recognized that the Assembly Clerk is an employee of the County and is not subject to formal election procedures. The Assembly Clerk was also appointed as County Clerk in December 2011.
The Assembly Clerk drafts ordinances and resolutions on behalf of the Assembly, reviews ordinances that have been submitted for form and content and prepares reports for committees dealing with ordinances. In 1998-99, as requested by the Assembly of Delegates, the Assembly Clerk drafted and revised legislation that proposed to restructure county government in Barnstable County. The Assembly Clerk must have a working knowledge of the Barnstable County Home Rule Charter, and serves as a resource to Charter Review Committees. The Assembly Clerk must also be knowledgeable of the Barnstable County Administrative Code, County fiscal procedures and budgets in general, Robert’s Rules, previously adopted ordinances within the County, as well as other laws that are applicable to Counties in general and governmental bodies.