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Title 24 Appendix : Municipal Charters

Chapter 155C : TOWN OF WESTFORD

(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 155C, § 3)
  • § 155C-3. Appointed officers

    (a) In addition to all other offices which may be filled by appointment by the Selectboard pursuant to State law, the Selectboard shall appoint the following officers:

    (1) Town Treasurer;

    (2) listers or an assessor;

    (3) Delinquent Tax Collector;

    (4) cemetery commissioners;

    (5) Town Agent; and

    (6) Town Grand Juror.

    (b) The number of persons appointed to the offices set forth in subsection (a) of this section shall be determined by the Selectboard.

    (c) All appointments shall be made in accordance with the Town of Westford Personnel Rules.

    (d) In appointing the Town Treasurer and Delinquent Tax Collector, the Selectboard shall use the following guidelines in addition to following the Town of Westford Personnel Rules:

    (1) Nominating committee.

    (A) When a vacancy exists in the office of Town Treasurer or Delinquent Tax Collector, the Selectboard shall call for the formation of a nominating committee comprising one Selectboard member, two justices of the peace, and two residents. The Selectboard and justices of the peace shall select which of their members will serve on the committee. These three officials shall select the two residents.

    (B) Meetings of the committee shall be warned and conducted as public meetings in accordance with the requirements of Vermont statutes. Members of this committee shall serve until any vacancy is filled by the Selectboard.

    (2) Search process. The committee shall have the authority to solicit candidates, to advertise notice of a vacancy, and to make an investigation of a candidate's credentials and background as the committee deems appropriate. Upon completion of the investigation and interviewing of candidates, the committee shall submit to the Selectboard up to three names of those candidates deemed qualified for the positions.

    (3) Appointing a candidate. Within 45 days of its receipt of candidates' names from the committee, the Selectboard shall appoint from such candidates a person(s) to fill any vacancy or notify the committee in writing that none of the candidates shall be appointed. If no appointment is made, the committee shall then reconvene and submit the names of additional qualified candidates to the Selectboard.

    (4) Interim appointment. Until such a time as a vacancy is filled pursuant to this section, the Selectboard may appoint an official on an interim basis to fill the vacancy.

    (e) All appointed Town officers shall be governed by the Town of Westford Personnel Rules.

    (f) From time to time and whenever a job is open in an appointed Town office, the Selectboard shall adopt or revise a general statement of the qualifications necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the office and a job description of the office. (Added 2013, No. M-20 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. June 3, 2014.)