The Board of Selectmen is responsible for setting the policies under which the town operates. The broad range of areas in which the Board is involved makes it difficult to briefly describe its duties; essentially the Board addresses all issues other than land use and education. Among these duties are oversight of building projects, labor negotiations, recreational facilities, public safety, and preparation of the general government portion of the budget. The Board also appoints members to the boards and commissions that are not directly elected.
The Board of Selectmen meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. It is chaired by the First Selectman, who is the Town’s Chief Executive and Chief Administrative Officer. The First Selectman’s job is a full time, paid position, while the second and third Selectmen serve as unpaid volunteers. All three Selectmen are elected to a two-year term at each municipal election.