General Power and Duties

The Town of Plymouth Board of Selectmen consists of five (5) members elected for three-year overlapping terms. The Board of Selectmen is the chief executive body of the town. Among their general powers and duties are:

  • Adopt policy directives and guidelines
  • Enact rules and regulations to implement its policies
  • Review the annual proposed operating and capital budgets submitted by the Town Manager
  • Act as the licensing authority
  • Approve all collective bargaining agreements
  • Responsible, through the Town Manager for the efficient and orderly operation of all agencies of the town except those under the direction of another elected town agency
  • Investigate or authorize the Town Manager, or another town officer or agency, to investigate the conduct of any town department, office or agency
  • Meet jointly with elected boards of the town for the purpose of sharing information
  • Appoint the Town Manager, town counsel, registrars of voters, election officers, constables, and members of all multiple-member boards, committees, and commissions except as otherwise provided in the Charter and/or the town bylaws.

*Complete text contained in Chapter 3 of the Town of Plymouth Charter