Appointing Authorities - Town of Littleton

Appointing Authority Appointee Statutes Town Code Town Meeting/Election Comments

Board of Selectmen

Town Administrator (TA) MGL C.41,§23A Town Code C.3,§1 1982 TM, 5/5/07 ATM Art.12 Three-year contract per MGL C.41,§108N
Chief of Police MGL C.41,§97A 5/5/07 ATM Art.20 Three-year contract per MGLC.41,§108O
Police Dept staff MGL C.41,§97A 5/5/07 ATM Art.20
Fire Chief MGL C.48,§43, 43, & 44 10/18/04 STM Art.8

 

Three-year contract per MGLC.41,§108O
Director of Veterans Services MGL C.115,§10 Town Code §44-2 3/2/1964 ATM Art. 38 Annual appointment
Permit Coordinator / Single Point of Contact MGL C.43D 11/5/07 STM Art. 5 MGL C.43D,§4: “the governing body shall . . . (a) appoint a single point of contact to serve as the primary municipal liaison for all issues relating to this chapter . . .”

Town Administrator, with approval of the Board of Selectmen

Assistant Town Administrator
Town Code C.3,§3 11/16/16 STM Art. 14
Director of Finance & Budget (DFB) MGL C.43C,§11 Town Code C.3,§3; Town Code C.17,§1 5/12/07 ATE Q10, 5/5/07 ATM Art.12, 6/12/07 STM Art. 2, 11/16/16 STM Art. 14 Formerly, "Assistant Town Administrator for Finance & Budget (AAFB)"
Head of the Highway Department Town Code C.3,§3 5/5/07 ATM Art.12 a/k/a “Director of Public Works”
Facilities Manager Town Code C.3,§3 5/5/07 ATM Art.12 Position not created
Head of Information Technology Town Code C.3,§3 5/5/07 ATM Art.12 a/k/a “Information Systems Manager”
Building Commissioner Town Code C.3,§3 5/5/07 ATM Art.12
Human Resources Town Code C.3,§3 5/5/07 ATM Art.12 Position not created
  LCTV Executive Director   Town Code C.3,§3 5/7/12 ATM Art. 31  
 Town Administrator Executive Assistant to the Town Administrator   Town Code C.3,§3 11/16/16 STM Art. 14
Town Administrator, with approval of the Board of Selectmen and Council on Aging Director of Elder and Human Services   Town Code C.3,§3 5/6/13 ATM Art.25   
Building Commissioner with approval of the TA Inspections Dept. staff   Town Code C.3,§3 5/4/09 ATM Art.25 Employees of the heads of said departments shall be appointed by the department head subject to approval of the Town Administrator.
Head of the Highway Department with approval of the TA  Highway Dept. staff   Town Code C.3,§3 5/4/09 ATM Art.25 "     "
LCTV Executive Director with approval of the TA LCTV staff   Town Code C.3,§3 5/7/12 ATM Art. 31 "     " 
Director of Elder & Human Services with approval of the TA  Elder & Human Services and MART staff   Town Code C.3,§3 5/6/13 ATM Art.25 "     "

TA and AAFB with approval of the Board of Selectmen

Town Accountant MGL C.43C,§11 Town Code C.17,§3A 6/12/07 STM Art.2 Three-year contract per MGL C.41,§108N
Treasurer Town Code C.17,§3A 5/12/07 ATE Q11, 6/12/07 STM Art.2
Tax Collector Town Code C.17,§3A 5/12/07 ATE Q12, 6/12/07 STM Art.2
AAFB with approval of Board of Assessors Chief Assessor Town Code C.17,§3B 6/12/07 STM Art.2
AAFB with approval of the TA Finance Dept Staff MGL C.43C,§11 5/12/07 ATE Q10 MGL C.43C,§11: “the director of municipal finance shall appoint all personnel under his direction and control subject to the approval of the appointing authority as provided for his office. . . .”
Fire Chief Fire Dept Staff MGL C.48,§§42 10/18/04 STM Art.8

 

MGL C.48,§42: The chief “shall appoint a deputy chief and such officers and firemen as he may think necessary . . .”
Town Clerk Assistant Town Clerk MGL C.41,§19 MGL C.41,§19: “The town clerk may in writing appoint an assistant clerk.”
Planning Board Planning Administrator MGL C.41,§81A MGL C.41,§§ 81B-81Y Town Code §8-1 3/4/1946 ATM Art. 34, 1949 TM MGL C.41,§81A: “Such a board . . . may employ experts and clerical and other assistants.”
Conservation Commission Administrative Assistant MGL C.40,§8C 3/6/1961 ATM Art.24 MGL C.40,§8C: “The commission may appoint a director, clerks, consultants and other employees.”
Littleton Board of Health with 13 other Boards of Health Health Agent, Nashoba Associated Boards of Health  MGL C.111,§27A   2/10/1936 ATM Art. 36 MGL C.111,§27A:  “Two or more towns may, by vote of each, form a district for the purpose of employing therein a health officer and necessary assistants and clerks, all of whom shall be appointed and may be removed by a joint committee composed of the boards of health of said towns.”
Board of Health Administrative Assistant MGL c.111, §27 1903 Board of Health established MGL c.111, §27, the Board of Health may appoint its own “officers, agents and assistants to execute the health laws and its regulations. It may fix the salary or other compensation of such...agents and assistants.”
Zoning Board of Appeals Administrative Assistant MGL C.40A,§12 Town Code §173-6 MGL C.40A,§12: “Each zoning board of appeals . . . may, subject to appropriation, employ experts and clerical and other assistants.

Park & Recreation Commission

PRCE Director

MGL C.45,§§2, 5;MGL C.45, §14

Town Code, §§8-8, 8-9

5-4-1992 ATM, Art. 27, 28

MGL C.45,§5: “Such boards may . . . appoint all necessary engineers, surveyors, clerks and other officers, . . .”

PRCE Staff
Community Education Staff 5/8/06 ATM Art. 31

 

Art. 31 first established annual revolving fund for CE under Park & Rec.

 

* If administered under the Park & Rec. umbrella, the Commission has the same authority over CE as it does over Park and Rec.

Cemetery Commission

Cemetery Superintendent MGL C.114,§§22-27. MGL C.114,§23: “Said board shall have sole care, superintendence and management of all public burial grounds in its town…”
MGL C.114,§26: “Said board shall not incur debts or liabilities for purposes other than aforesaid nor to an amount exceeding the amount of the funds subject to their order…”

 

MGL C.114,§27: If appointed by the selectmen, “[t]he commissioners shall… with the approval of the selectmen, appoint such employees as are necessary to maintain such cemeteries.” * Implies that elected commissioners have independent hiring authority.

Cemetery Dept staff MGL C.114,§§22-27. See comments above.
Board of Water Commissioners    C.617, Acts of 1911   1911 ATM   
Board of Electric Light Commissioners General Manager, Municipal Light Plant

MGL C.164,§56

  1912 ATM accepted MGL C.164,§§34-69 "municipal light board . . .  shall appoint a manager of municipal lighting . . ."
General Manager, LELWD Electric Light employees MGL C.164,§56   1912 ATM accepted MGL C.164,§§34-69 manager of municipal lighting shall "have full charge of . . . the employment of attorneys and of agents and servants . . . "
School Committee Superintendent of Schools MGL C.71,s.59     The school committee of a town not in a superintendency union or district shall employ a superintendent of schools and fix his compensation.
Superintendent of Schools School Principals  MGL C.71,s.59B     The superintendent of a school district shall appoint principals for each public school within the district at levels of compensation determined in accordance with policies established by the school committee.

Trustees of the Library

Library Director

MGL C.78,§34

MGL C.78,§34: The board of trustees of a free public library . . . shall. . . execute a written employment contract with an employee of said library outlining the basic conditions of employment . . .”