TOWNSEND -- Town Clerk Kathleen Spofford, recently qualified for the Massachusetts Town Clerks' Association's (MTCA) prestigious CMMC (Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk) designation and will receive her commemorative pin and plaque at the MTCA Winter Conference in Devens on Feb. 8, 2018.

Currently, 117 of the Commonwealth's 301 town clerks hold this designation.

The CMMC designation is achieved by attending MTCA-sponsored educational courses and passing a 250-question aptitude test measuring the municipal clerk's knowledge of Massachusetts General Laws in categories such as elections and election procedures, vital records, campaign & political finance, town meetings, Chapter 40A (planning), Chapter 41 (zoning), ethics and public records.

Kathleen has served as the elected town clerk in Townsend for three years.

She served as assistant town clerk from 2008 to 2014 and as Board of Health administrative assistant from 2004 to 2008. She serves as a member of the Charter Review Committee and the Cable Advisory Committee.

Kathleen earned an Associate's degree from Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

She is a member of the MTCA, the New England Association of City & Town Clerks, the IIMC and the Middlesex County Clerks Association.

Kathleen also continues her professional development through courses sponsored by the MTCA, the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Elections Division and other divisions of the state's government.