The Board of Selectmen and Town Manager provide executive leadership for the Town of Ashland. Together, they pursue collaborative process and professional procedures to ensure the best services possible, protect the Town's unique assets, and improve quality of life.
Ashland's Town Manager is the Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officer for the town. The duties of the Town Manager are set forth in the Town Charter and cover the full range of administrative and fiscal responsibilities associated with the daily operation of the municipal corporation. The Town Manager is appointed by the Board of Selectmen and is responsible for the management of all town departments.
The Town Manager is the appointing and contracting authority for all departments except the schools, and is responsible for overseeing all budgetary, financial and personnel administration activities of the town. This includes preparing the annual budget, appointing all staff and setting compensation, formulating and implementing personnel policies, and negotiating all contracts with the town’s union employees.
Administrative staff in the office serves as liaison between the public and the Board of Selectmen, handle all telephone calls, visitors and correspondence directed to the office, and maintain all records of Board of Selectmen’s meetings. The office staff prepare the warrants for all annual and special Town Meetings, election notices for all elections, and coordinates the Town’s Annual Report. They maintain records of all committee and board appointments and resignations, as well as the Selectmen’s section of the town’s website.