Weber to run for 8th term as town clerk
Updated 1:42 pm, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Republican Claudia A. Weber will run for an eighth term as Town Clerk of New Canaan; she will seek her party's endorsement at the July 19 caucus.
"It has been a privilege to serve as town clerk for the past 14 years, and with the support of the electorate, I look forward to serving for many years to come. I'm proud of my accomplishments and of the exceptional customer service provided by my dedicated team," Weber said. "The town clerk manages a $5 million operation and works closely with a dozen state agencies, while serving the diverse needs of a multitude of constituencies. Our office generates approximately $1.5 million annually for the town's General Fund and collects approximately $3.5 million in conveyance taxes for the State of Connecticut."
Weber, a New Canaan native, has served in the position since 1998. Among recent accomplishments, she initiated a comprehensive records management program for the Town of New Canaan, including a program for managing and maintaining the town's permanent collection of records, as well as a program coordinated with the State of Connecticut for the disposal and destruction of documents which do not need to be retained. In addition, the entire collection of land survey maps is now fully digitized and available in the town clerk's office on demand.
In the current term, Weber has taken on additional responsibility for management of the Town Code and has become administrative liaison for the Town Council, both functions which were previously handled by the chief administrative officer and the first selectman's office.
In 2007, Weber's specialized training and knowledge of disaster recovery procedures saved thousands of critical documents from destruction in a massive flood of the town hall basement.
One of Weber's first acts as town clerk was to put the town's land records index on a publicly accessible computer terminal. She researched and implemented computerized systems for the town clerk's office, streamlined the recording process and guided the office through two upgrades of the land records management system.
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Governed by the Connecticut State Statutes, the town clerk is responsible for the safekeeping and preservation of the town's official records and documents. The town clerk also serves as the registrar of vital statistics for the town and is the keeper of the town seal, works closely with local boards and commissions to ensure that agendas and minutes are filed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and serves as a chief election official for the town.
Weber's resume documents a lifetime of public and government service. Coming from a family that was active in local politics and public office, she attended New Canaan schools and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University. She attended National Campaign Management School in Arlington, Va., and was employed by Americans for an Effective Presidency, a multi-candidate, independent expenditure committee which supported the Reagan/Bush ticket and other candidates for federal office. She also served as a volunteer for the first Reagan inaugural committee.
Weber subsequently served on the Washington, D.C., staff of U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins (R-Fla.), accepted a political appointment to serve as the confidential assistant to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge, and was on the staff of the Committee to Elect Stewart B. McKinney (R-Conn.) to the U.S. Congress. She later served for eight years as assistant clerk of the probate court, District of New Canaan, and has served as a justice of the peace since 2005.
Prior to her election as town clerk, Weber served as the elected Republican Registrar of Voters for three years, and was the assistant registrar of voters for 15 years before that.
As registrar, Weber and her Democratic counterpart brought the local registrar's office into conformity with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and 100 percent of the state requirements stemming from that legislation.
Weber is the founder and president of Strays & Others, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency established in 1985 which helps pets in need. She was the recipient of Connecticut Magazine's Hero Award in 1997, received the New Canaan Community Hero Award from the Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County in 2005, was recognized by the American Red Cross of Lower Fairfield County with its first annual Hero Award in 2007, and was the recipient of Moffly Magazine's "Light a Fire" philanthropy award in 2009.