Names will be blacked out on applications for the town clerk\u2019s position that the selectmen review \u2014 on the first look, anyway. \u201cWe don\u2019t want the name of a person to influence that initial review,\u201d First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. \u201cWhat we\u2019ll be doing is redacting any reference to personal emails \u2014 personal information.\u201d Each member of the Board of Selectmen will look at packets of information on all applicants for the job, with candidates identified only by numbers. There were 17 qualifying applications as of July 30, and the deadline was the 4:30 p.m. end of town hall\u2019s work day Wednesday, Aug. 1. Board members will review and rate the anonymous candidates, whittling the group down to a manageable number. \u201cWe\u2019ll select three or four we feel are best suited to be town clerk of the Town of Ridgefield,\u201d Marconi said, \u201cand those three or four will go on to interview with the Board of Selectmen.\u201d Marconi said he wasn\u2019t sure when the applicant interviews will be scheduled. \u201cWe\u2019re hoping to vote August 13th. Interviews will be before that,\u201d he said. The interviews might even be the afternoon of that meeting, he said. Town Clerk Barbara Serflippi \u2014 who announced her retirement July 5, giving the town a retirement date of Aug. 31 \u2014 has been lobbying the selectmen to appoint someone soon and allow a couple of weeks, at least, for her to work with the new town clerk. With the new town clerk taking over officially on Sept. 1, there\u2019ll be just two months before the November election. \u201cWe have a state election in November,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cWe have charter questions on the ballot in November. And we\u2019re probably going to have a WPCA question on the ballot in November.\u201d The \u201cWPCA\u201d is the Water Pollution Control Authority, and a question on the ballot is likely to seek voters\u2019 authorization to spend in the vicinity of $50 million on a sewer plant renovation project. So, there\u2019s a lot the new town clerk will need to deal with, and should know about. That comes on top list of some 40 town clerk\u2019s duties. The town clerk, whose tasks cover a wide range: \u201cRecords and maintains deeds, liens, mortgages, attachments, legal documents and provides for the security of all legal documents recorded... Issues certified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates... \u201cCollects and monitors campaign-financing forms for local election candidates... \u201cIssues licenses: marriage, fish and game (17 different types), dog licenses, boating applications, burial and disinterment permits and cremation certificates, preferred live birth certificates\u2026\u201d \u201cReports daily to Finance Department accounting for fees collected.\u201d \u201cCollects and monitors campaign-financing forms for local election candidates.\u201d \u201cRecords and maintains military discharges.\u201d Because the town clerk\u2019s position isn\u2019t just a job or administrative position but an elected office, the new town clerk must be a Ridgefield resident and voter \u2014 only town electors can run for municipal office \u2014 and when an official was elected on a party\u2019s line the charter requires that new person appointed to fill the vacant position be of the same party. In this case that means a Republican, since retiring Town Clerk Barbara Serflippi was elected on the GOP ticket. Monday afternoon Town Human Resources Director Laurie Fernandez said she had 18 applicants \u2014 17 Republicans and one unaffiliated voter. Fernandez said the unaffiliated applicant and others seeking the position who aren\u2019t Republicans would be informed they need to join that party to be considered for the job, due to the charter.