The Town Meeting/Board of Selectmen/Town Manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a select board with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager.
The Town Manager’s position is appointed by the board of selectmen. The Town Manager appoints and manages all other town department heads.
The Town Manager is the chief executive and administrative officer of the town. The manager’s primary responsibilities include providing and maintaining the essential town services through the efficient and effective management and operation of the town under the direction of the board of selectmen. The Town Manager executes the policy direction set by the board of selectmen through the management of seven town departments and approximately 25 employees.
In addition, the manager assumes responsibility for:
Preparing and administering the annual budget
Directing day-to-day operations
Hiring, supervising, evaluating and disciplining personnel under his/her authority
Developing and administering town policies and procedures
Recommending policies or programs to the board of selectmen
Attending board of selectmen meetings
Ensuring citizen complaints are handled in a timely and professional manner
Representing the town and serves and liaison of a variety of boards, organizations, committees and commissions