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City clerk’s early reelection was surprise

Moments after winning another term as president of the Boston City Council, Stephen J. Murphy pushed through a vote for a longtime political ally.

With no public notice or discussion, Murphy unexpectedly called last week for the reelection of his former colleague, Maureen E. Feeney, as city clerk, extending her tenure until at least 2016. The job has long been criticized because the clerk draws an annual municipal pay of almost $102,000 and is also allowed to collect tens of thousands more in fees for weddings performed during the workday at City Hall.

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