Adam Hurtubise has been on the job for less than three months, but he is already loving the multi-faceted nature of the work.

In a way, the Medford City Clerk is really a six-man job disguised as one. Responsibilities for the position, according the city’s official job description, include Clerk of the City Council, Clerk of Committee, Clerk to the Board of Registrars of Voters, Member of the Board of Registrars of Voters, Justice of the Peace and Chief Election Officer.

But thanks to the hard work and guidance of former longtime City Clerk Ed Finn, new City Clerk Adam Hurtubise says the job has been “busy, but feasible.” Employees in the Registrar of Voters Office and the City Clerk’s Office have also been helping Hurtubise get his footing.

“Ed did this job for 20 years and he did it extraordinarily well,” Hurtubise said of his predecessor. “He built two fantastic teams who have been teaching me a lot about how to do this. And Ed has been available as a resource.”

Hurtubise started in his new role on Sept. 12, after the City Council selected him for the job from approximately 30 applicants. Last month, Hurtubise oversaw one of the busiest midterm and gubernatorial elections in Medford’s recent history, as 65 percent of registered voters came out to the polls.

Having worked on political campaigns in the past, Hurtubise is familiar with the elections process. But overseeing the entire election in Medford from a nonpartisan perspective was new for him.

“It’s sort of like when an attorney is a prosecutor or defense attorney, but then becomes a judge,” Hurtubise said. “It’s the same process, but you have a different viewpoint, a different perspective.”

This year’s election in Medford was notable for several reasons. About 12 percent of voters cast their ballots through early voting, according to Hurtubise, which kept the Registrar of Voters Office busy for weeks leading up to the election.

The election was also clouded by a last-minute change to the polling location for Ward 8, Precinct 2, from the Veteran of Foreign Wars building on Mystic Avenue to the West Medford Fire Station on Medford Street. Despite some concerns from residents in the precinct leading up to the election, the change did not appear to reduce voter turnout, as 1,504 people voted in 8-2 during this election compared to 1,142 during the last midterm election in 2014.

“I thought the election went very smoothly for voters,” Hurtubise said. “We did get anecdotal feedback that it was very good.”

One of Hurtubise’s biggest priorities moving forward is ensuring that voter turnout remains high; Medford residents generally vote at a higher rate than the state average. As City Clerk, Hurtubise hopes to make it as easy as possible for people to register to vote, to interact with Medford government and to come to the polls.

“I don’t care how people vote, I only care whether they vote. That’s the overarching concern,” Hurtubise said.

Increasing the City Clerk’s and Registrar of Voters’ web and social media presence is something that Hurtubise hopes to explore in that effort. Making certain services available online, such as birth certificates, death certificates and marriage certificates, is another possibility for the future.

“I’m going to look at other ways to bring the office out to people,” Hurtubise said.

The multi-faceted nature of the job has been challenging for Hurtubise at times, but it also makes work especially interesting for him. In a single day, he might go from managing vital records to working with the Registrar of Voters to swearing in a new police officer or city employee to marrying a couple.

Acting as Justice of the Peace has been a surprisingly enjoyable aspect of the job for Hurtubise.

“It was not something I had thought a lot about in the process, but it’s something I have found really enjoyable and enlightening and pretty profound, because it reminds me of people interacting with their government,” Hurtubise said. “And this is one of the services we provide the people. And I’m right there on the ground floor helping them.”

Hurtubise has also enjoyed witnessing firsthand something he knew already from living in the community: the high level of political and community engagement among Medford residents.

“I’m reminded every day how much people care about the city, how much they care about each other, how much they care about issues that are important to them,” he said.