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Section 6-2

Other Appointive Powers.

The Town Administrator shall have the power to appoint such other individual town officers and members of boards and commissions as are authorized by the General Laws, this charter, or bylaws, and for whom appointment is not otherwise provided.

Section 6-3

Power to Rescind Appointments.

The Town Administrator shall, subject to confirmation by vote of the Board of Selectmen, have the power to rescind for cause, including excessive and unexcused absenteeism, any appointment made by him to any board, commission, committee, or individual officer under authority of this charter, provided that the appointee shall first have been served with a written notice of the Town Administrator’s intention, specifying the reasons for the proposed removal, and informing the appointee of his right to be heard, if requested in writing, at a public meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

Section 6-4

Merit Principle.

All appointments and promotions of town officers and employees shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or other evidence of competence and suitability.

Section 6-5

Appointments by the Town Administrator - Procedure.


Procedure for Appointment of Department Heads

Fire Chief Director of Department of Public Works Police Chief

Upon vacancy, the town administrator shall appoint a five (5) member search committee, consisting of the following: (1) Town Administrator, (2) Two voters not currently employed by the town appointed by the Town Administrator, (3) Two members qualified to assist in the search process and appointed by the Town Administrator. The search committee shall screen all applicants, interview the top applicants at a legally advertised public meeting, and the Town Administrator shall select the best applicant for appointment, subject to confirmation by the Board of Selectmen.


Procedure for the Appointment of Town Employees.

The Town Administrator shall advertise all available positions, screen all applicants, and select the best qualified applicant for appointment subject to confirmation by the Board of Selectmen.



Section 7-1

Department of Public Works.

There shall be a department of public works appointed by the Town Administrator in accordance with Section 6-1. The director of the department of public works so appointed shall be a person especially fitted by education, training, and/or previous experience to perform the duties of the office.

The director of the department of public works shall be responsible for the supervision and coordination of all public works operations of the town which are placed under his control by this charter, by bylaw, by vote of the town, or otherwise.


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