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Stefany Ohannesian is Medway’s New Town Clerk

By Aidan Poole
Medway’s town clerk position shifted hands for the first time in 30 years in March when Stefany Ohannesian took over for the recently-retired Maryjane White.
Although she grew up in Assonet, Mass., Ohannesian moved to Milford nine years ago, where she currently lives with her husband and two children. Equipped with a degree in social work from Bridgewater State University, she said she has “always wanted to work in municipal government” because “I love working with people.”
Ohannesian previously worked for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families before she started at Medway Town Hall in 2019 as an administrative assistant to the Community and Economic Development Department. She said she “primarily assisted the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning and Economic Development Board, and the Conservation Commission.”
During this time, Ohannesian said she discovered that she “absolutely loved working for Medway” and applied for town clerk as soon as the opportunity arose. After two interviews, she was appointed by Town Manager Michael Boynton, and an interview committee, marking the first time the position had been appointed rather than elected.
“A lot of towns are switching over to have it appointed,” noted Ohannesian.
She said her new job has “been going absolutely awesome” and she is thankful to all those who aided in a smooth transition including Charlene Tingley, Medway’s assistant town clerk for 14 years. Ohannesian said there has been “lots of training with other town clerks in the state” to help her adjust as well.
At her first town meeting on May 10, Ohannesian said it was “really great to be able to have the prior town clerk, Maryjane White, up on stage with me.” White also helped prepare her for the job during the weeks before White retired.
Between maintaining records on town meetings, births, deaths, marriage certificates, dog licenses, and more, Ohannesian said “the list of responsibilities keeps going on and on.” She said she is excited to modernize some of the town clerk’s responsibilities using Poll Pad, a new recordkeeping technology that will help document town meetings more efficiently.
Ohannesian plans on working as town clerk for many years to come. “Everybody in the town hall is so wonderful to work with,” she said.