Board of Selectmen are the chief elected and executive officers of the Town of
Canton. It's responsibility covers a broad range of important municipal issues.
The Board of Selectmen are responsible for the oversight and deliverance of all
general municipal services, including but not limited to Public Safety, Public
Works, and general government (finance, personnel, building inspections,
maintenance, senior services, legal, animal control, conservation, and veterans
functions) to name a few.
Board of Selectmen also act as the appointing authority for many varied and
diverse resident volunteers who serve on many important town boards. These
Boards/Commissions assist in shaping and formulating Town policies on the
environment, infrastructure assessment and improvement, growth and development
issues, fair housing, senior citizens, finance, recreation, recycling, and
personnel to name a few. In addition, appointment of department heads of various
general agencies falls within their scope of responsibility as well.
Board of Selectmen also act as the Town's licensing authority and reviews, hears
and acts on all such requests. In addition, the Board reviews and approves Town
Meeting warrants, payrolls, and vendor payments, ballot questions, reviews and
approves contracts for procurement of services or materials, and finally
classifies real property. The Board of Selectmen also play a key role in
litigation and employee contract negotiations. The Board of Selectmen may also
enact rules and regulations for such matters as traffic control, underground
conduit and storage of hazardous materials.
Board of Selectmen meet on select Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Salah
Town Administrator is the top full time administrator for the Board of
Selectmen. In accordance with policy guidelines established by the Board of
Selectmen, the Town Administrator supervises, directs and
coordinates Town-wide, those municipal services and areas of responsibility under
the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Selectmen. This administrative
officer performs administrative, technical, and supervisory work. Researches,
analyzes and recommends changes in Town policies, systems and procedures.
The incumbent must prepare and participate in regular or special meetings of the Board of Selectmen, reviews and monitors the municipal budget, provides daily supervision and oversight of municipal agencies, personnel and services under the Board of Selectmen's jurisdiction. Is responsible for daily telephone and written correspondence for the Board of Selectmen, acts as liaison with the general public and other levels of government. Incumbent acts as: as a procurement officer, insurance coordinator, is responsible for preparation of annual town meetings through research, warrant article submission and scheduling, labor negotiator, personnel director, affirmative action officer, fair housing officer, grant writer, coordinates and monitors, with Town Counsel, legal matters pending against the Town, to name a few.