Article 6 - Administrative Organization
Section 6-1 Organization of Town Agencies
The organization of the town into operating agencies for the provision of services and the administration of the government may be accomplished through either of the methods provided in this section.
|(a)||By-Laws - Subject only to an express prohibition in a general law or this charter, the representative town meeting may, by by-law, reorganize, consolidate or abolish, create, merge or divide, alter the term of office, the manner of selection, or, if a multiple member body, the number of members of any town agency, in whole or in part, establish new town agencies and may prescribe the functions, powers, duties and responsibilities of any such town agency.|
Administrative Code - The town administrator, after consultation with the board of selectmen, may from time to time, prepare and submit to the representative town meeting plans of organization, or reorganization of town agencies, as provided in Section 4-2 (16).
Whenever the town administrator prepares such a plan he shall, in conjunction with the board of selectmen, hold one or more public hearings on such proposal, giving notice by publication in a local newspaper of the date, time and place of the public hearing and the scope of the proposal.
The town administrator shall, following such hearing provide for the submission of the proposed organizational plan, which may be amended or revised as a result of information developed at the public hearing, to be submitted to the next session of the representative town meeting. The authority of the representative town meeting concerning the proposed organizational plan shall be limited to the approval or the rejection of it; the representative town meeting shall not vote to amend or to alter the proposed plan.
Section 6-2 Table of Organization
The town administrator shall prepare, maintain and keep current a plan establishing the personnel staffing requirements for each town agency, except those under the jurisdiction of the school committee.
Section 6-3 Office of the Comptroller
|(a)||Appointment; Qualifications; Term of Office - There shall be a comptroller, appointed by the board of selectmen. The comptroller shall be a person especially fitted by education, training and experience, including not less than three years' prior full time accounting experience, to perform the duties of the office. The town may, by by-law, from time to time, establish such additional qualifications for the office as seem necessary or desirable; provided, however, no change in such by-law shall apply to the incumbent of the office at the time such by-law is adopted. The comptroller shall devote his entire time to the performance of his duties and the supervision of the employees of his department. The comptroller shall be appointed in June of every third year for a three-year term to run from the first day of the following July until the qualification of his successor. The comptroller may be removed by the board of selectmen for cause and the vacancy filled by it, in the same manner as an original appointment, for the remainder of the unexpired term.|
|(b)||Powers and Duties - The comptroller shall have, in addition to the powers and duties conferred and imposed upon town accountants by general laws, the following powers and duties:|
|(c)||Vacancy - If the comptroller is unable to perform his duties because of disability or absence, or if the office is vacant because of resignation or death, the board of selectmen may appoint a temporary comptroller to hold such office and exercise the powers and perform the duties until the comptroller who was disabled or absent resumes his duties, or until another comptroller is duly appointed. Said temporary appointment shall be in writing, signed by a majority of the board of selectmen and filed in the office of the town clerk.|
|(d)||Assistant Comptroller - The comptroller with the approval of a majority of the board of selectmen, may appoint, in writing, an assistant. Unless a temporary comptroller is appointed, the assistant may, in the absence of the comptroller, perform the duties of the comptroller and when performing such duties shall have the same power and be subject to the same requirements and penalties as the comptroller.|
Section 6-4 Town Treasurer - Collector
|(a)||Appointment; Qualifications; Term of Office - There shall be a town treasurer-collector appointed by the Town Administrator subject to confirmation of the Board of Selectmen for a term of three (3) years. Such appointment shall be based upon qualifications in the field of municipal finance. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or equivalent and five (5) years experience in finance administration or equivalent.|
|(b)||Powers and Duties|
|(c)||Vacancy - If the treasurer-collector is unable to perform his duties because of disability or absence, or if the office is vacant because of resignation, death, or otherwise, the Town Administrator may appoint a temporary treasurer-collector to hold such office and exercise the powers and perform the duties of the treasurer-collector until the treasurer-collector who is disabled or absent resumes his duties, or until another treasurer-collector is duly appointed. Said temporary appointment shall be in writing, signed by the Town Administrator and filed with the Board of Selectmen and the office of the Town Clerk.|
Assistant Treasurer-Collector - The treasurer-collector with the approval of the Town Administrator, may appoint, in writing, an assistant. Unless a temporary treasurer-collector is appointed, the assistant may, in the absence of the treasurer-collector, perform the duties of the treasurer-collector, and when performing such duties shall have the same power and be subject to the same requirements and penalties as the treasurer-collector.