Board & Committee Member Information

Board & Committee Member Handbook

This handbook provides you with important information including specifics on the Open Meeting Law and your responsibilities as a Board or Committee Member. View the Handbook and check the official statutory or regulatory authorities that govern the conduct of local officials to remain up to date.  

Being involved in your Town is commendable. The Town cannot function without the many volunteers who help shape the Town.

If you are interested in being appointed, please send a letter or email of interest to the Town Administrator's Office; powersd@manchester.ma.us

If you are interested in running for elected office, please read the "how to get elected" brochure and see the Town Clerk.

If you are already appointed and/or elected, Congratulations!

New or not new to public office, there are some things you need to know. You are now a public official and are required to comply with some specific State Laws. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not get sworn in by the Town Clerk, you are not eligible to vote on your committee! You must get sworn in EACH time you are reappointed/re-elected for a new term.


Conflict of Interest**

2023 brought a new training program! The State’s Ethics Commission just launched their new online portal for the conflict-of-interest training and the code of ethics acknowledgement. This will be replacing the old website training and paper forms that you used to previously submit to the Town Clerk’s Office. 

The requirements are still the same; complete the conflict-of-interest training every two years and the acknowledgement annually, but the way in which you will access and provide the information to us has changed.

The new system no longer requires that you print and hand in the paperwork. The new system tracks your successful completion of the trainings. 

The Town Clerk will notify all public officials of this requirement each January. 


Open Meeting Law

The Open Meeting Law supports the principle that the democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action. The Open Meeting Law requires that most meetings of governmental bodies to be held in public. There are some exceptions, which are designed to ensure that, public officials are not "unduly hampered" by having every discussion among public officials open to the public. As a result, the Open Meeting Law provides for particular circumstances under which a meeting may be held in executive, or closed, session.

Please read the contents of the Attorney General's Open Meeting Law Guide, execute and return the Certificate of Receipt page when you come before the Clerk to be sworn into your official duties. The Town Clerk is required to maintain these receipts.