Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
The town clerk of the town of Chatham shall be appointed by the board of selectmen of said town for a term not to exceed three years, and the person so appointed shall have all the powers and duties by law vested in the office of town clerk and such other powers as may from time to time be established. Said town may establish by by-law such qualifications and terms of employment for such office as it deems necessary and appropriate. Upon the qualification and appointment of the town clerk pursuant to the authority contained in this act, the elected incumbent of the office of town clerk of said town shall cease to exercise the powers and duties of said office. Any vacancy in such office shall be filled in like manner for the unexpired portion of the term.