MORRISTOWN – David J. Murray is seeking a fourth term as town clerk this year.
A lifelong resident of Morristown, Mr. Murray said the position is a chance for me to give back to the community.
The job description of the town clerk is lengthy, Mr. Murray said.
The job Im in now is not the job I took 12 years ago, its gotten very complicated, he said, pointing at state regulations, training and paperwork that have piled on over the years. Its gotten totally electronic.
For the last 12 years, Mr. Murrays position has required him to act as clerk for the town council, zoning board, planning board and board of assessment review.
He is also the town tax collector, records management officer and vital records officer – a role that sees him handling birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates.
Mr. Murray said he is also responsible for setting up meeting schedules for the various boards he works with, overseeing grant writing and inter-governmental communications.
Its lots of administrative work, he said.
In addition to these roles, Mr. Murray also manages the towns website. I try to put as much [information] on there as possible.
Over the years Ive streamlined the clerks budget, Mr. Murray said, adding that he has canceled many needless subscriptions the town had accumulated over the years and has worked to reduce the amount of postage the town utilizes. Theyre small things, but they add up.
I really enjoy it. I like coming to work in the morning, Mr. Murray said. Were here for the public.
Mr. Murray lives in the village of Morristown with his wife, Debbie.
I love the town and community, Mr. Murray said. Im out in it. I attend events throughout the town.
Mr. Murray said his campaign has been primarily word-of-mouth thanks to difficulty of getting away from the office to campaign.
Its a demanding job and you have to be technically savvy, he said.
The general election is Nov. 5.