Sutton Massachusetts General Bylaws

These general bylaws are official as of October 20, 2003. The are the last known revision as of March 17, 2007.

Section 2.1 - Appointments of the Board of Selectmen
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint the following:
PositionTermNumber Of
a. town administrator indefinite 1
b. board of health three years 5
c. conservation commission three years 5
d. registrar of voters in a manner as provided by general law three years3
e. board of appeals (regular) three years 5
board of appeals (associate) three years 2
f. council on aging as provided by by-law
g. development \ industry comm. as provided by by-law
h. arts lottery commission as provided by general law
i. historical commission three years 5
j. earth removal board as provided by by-law
k. capital improvements committee as provided by by-law
l. planning board three years 2
m. town counsel three years 1
n. sewer commission three years 3
o. recreation commission three years 3

Section 2.2 - Appointments of the Town Administrator
The Town administrator shall appoint the following:
PositionTermNumber Of
a. police chief and officers indefinite
b. fire chief (who shall be the forest warden) and firefighters indefinite
c. board of assessors, principal assessor, who shall serve full time and who may, but not need be a resident of Sutton three years 1
d. board of assessor member (part-time) three years 2
e. town collector indefinite 1
f. town clerk indefinite 1
g. town treasurer indefinite 1
h. town accountant three years 1
i. inspector of buildings indefinite 1
j. wiring inspector indefinite 1
k. gas inspector indefinite 1
l. plumbing inspector indefinite 1
m. sealer of weights and measures one year 1 General Bylaws 3
n. dog officer indefinite 1
o. parking clerk one year 1
p. town engineer indefinite 1
q. veterans agent, director burial agent indefinite 1
r. personnel of health dept. indefinite 1
s. animal inspector indefinite 1
t. highway superintendent indefinite 1
u. tree warden indefinite 1
v. cable television oversight committee three years 5
w. constables one year
x. civil defense director and related personnel one year

2.2.2 The Town Administrator shall in addition to the qualifications:
a. have at least earned a bachelor's level degree from a recognized, accredited college or university,

b. have served full time in an administrative\supervisory position of a city or town for not less than two years.

2.2.3 Forthwith following a notice of resignation or vacancy of the Town Administrator position, a screening committee shall be established for the purpose of screening all applicants.

The screening committee shall consist of nine persons who shall be chosen as follows: the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the Planning Board and the Board of Library Trustees shall each designate one person, the Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee shall designate two persons and three persons shall be chosen by the Town Moderator. Persons chosen by said agencies may, but need not, be members of the agencies which they are designated. Appointments made by the moderator may, in so far as it may be feasible so to do, appoint persons representative of all demographic and occupational base of the town.

Not more than ninety (90) days following the date on which the committee meets to organize, the committee shall submit to the Board of Selectmen the names of not less than three nor more than five persons whom it believes to be best qualified to perform the duties of Town Administrator. Within thirty (30) days following the date the list of nominees is submitted to it, the Board of Selectmen shall choose one of the said nominees to serve as Town Administrator. In the event the Board of Selectmen shall fail to appoint within the thirty (30) days, and unless within the thirty (30) days the Board of Selectmen, in writing, has notified the screening committee to start a new search, the screening committee shall, forthwith, appoint the Town Administrator.

Upon the appointment of a Town Administrator, the Committee established hereunder shall be considered discharged.

Section 2.3 - Probationary Term of Office
Subject to any provision of the Home Rule Charter to the contrary, the appointment of any town officer or employee by the town administrator shall initially be for a one (1) year probationary period. Thereafter, the term of office shall be as stated in the Home Rule Charter or these by-laws.

Adopted: Oct. 15, 1990
Amended: 10/21/91, 10/18/93, 10/16/95, 5/6/97, 1/20/00

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