Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 676 of the acts of 1972 is hereby amended by striking out the second and third sentences and inserting in place thereof the following 3 sentences:- Beginning on July 1, 2003 and each July 1 thereafter, the board of selectmen shall appoint a town clerk, collector and treasurer who shall serve for a term of 1 year or until July 1 following and until a successor is appointed and qualified, and who shall receive a salary as the town may from time to time determine. The person elected to the position of town clerk, collector and treasurer as of May 1, 2002 shall continue to hold the position through June 30, 2003 or until such later time as a successor is appointed.
SECTION 2. Upon the appointment and qualification of the town clerk, collector and treasurer in accordance with this act, the term of office of the person holding the elected position of town clerk, collector and treasurer shall cease and terminate.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.