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Public Records Access Guidelines

The Massachusetts Public Records Law provides that every person has a right of access to public information.  It is the policy of the Town of Cheshire, Massachusetts , to conform and comply with all laws and regulations regarding public records.

General information about public records law and public records requests is found in the Secretery of the Commonwealth’s, “A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law,”  January 2017, found online at

Effective January 1, 2017, the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. Ch. 66 and Ch. 44, Section 7(26) provides that a municipality must, within ten (10) business days respond to a request for records by providing access to or a copy of such records or explaining any delay or denial.

To assist members of the public seeking public records in the custody of the Town of Cheshire, the following guidelines are provided:


Record Access Officers:

The following Records Access Officers (RAO) have been designated:

Town Clerk

Christine Emerson

80 Church Street

Cheshire, MA  01225

Phone :  413-743-1690 x. 104

Email :  [email protected]



Police Department

Chief Michael Alibozek

90 Church Street

Cheshire, MA  01225

Phone :  413-743-1501

Email :  [email protected]



Fire Department

Chief Tom Francesconi

29 South  Street

Cheshire, MA  01225

Phone :  413-743-1690 x. 109

Email :  [email protected]




Town Administrator

Jennifer Morse

191 Church Street

Cheshire, MA  01225

Phone :  413-743-1690 x. 100

Email :  [email protected]


 Public Records Request:

It is the policy to proceed with any Public Records request by giving an estimate of the time required to comply with the request or the procedure involved if such request is extensive in nature and the estimate of required payment will be provided.

All requests must be in writing and hand delivered, mailed, or emailed.  Please use the Town of Cheshire Public Records Request Form if possible.


Public Records Request Form