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Subchapter 006 : Procedural Matters(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 101, § 38)
§ 38. Appointed officers
(a) The Selectboard, by majority vote, shall appoint the following Town officers for the terms indicated:
(1) A Town Attorney for a term of one year, to fulfill the duties prescribed by law for the grand juror and town agent of a town, and to perform other professional duties as may be requested by the members of the Selectboard, or by any other officer or agency of Town government, with the approval of the Selectboard.
(2) A Tax Collector, for a term of one year.
(3) Five cemetery commissioners, each for a term of five years, with one term beginning each year.
(4) Other officers as the laws of the State of Vermont or the ordinances of the Town of Barre shall direct the Selectboard to appoint. The appointments shall be for the term indicated in the governing law, provided that any office abolished by this charter shall not be deemed reestablished by this section.
(5) An Assessor, who may be hired or contracted upon such terms as the Selectboard shall deem reasonable. The Assessor shall perform all of the duties and have all of the powers prescribed for listers under the laws of Vermont.
(6) A Treasurer and any Assistant Treasurers as shall be deemed necessary. The Treasurer shall give a bond conditioned for the faithful performance of his or her duties. The bond shall be of a sum and with a surety as prescribed and approved by the Selectboard, and the premium for the bond shall be paid by the Town. In addition, the Treasurer shall:
(A) keep account of monies, bonds, notes, and evidences of debt paid or delivered to him or her and of monies paid out by him or her for the Town;
(B) record the amount voted for support of highways, special departments, and for general Town purposes;
(C) collect taxes, assessments, charges, and levies, including delinquencies in the hands of the Tax Collector, and maintain a record of monies collected and uncollected;
(D) receive fees for filing copies of records and other instruments;
(E) pay orders drawn on him or her by officials authorized to draw orders;
(F) provide detailed financial statements and reports as may be required by the Selectboard.
(7) A Constable, for a term of one year. The appointed Constable shall have all the powers and duties described for constables under Vermont law, except as provided in this charter. The Selectboard may prohibit the Constable from exercising any law enforcement authority or may condition the exercise of that authority upon the Constable being certified to exercise that level of authority under 20 V.S.A. § 2358.
(b) A vacancy in any appointive Town office may be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by the person, Selectboard, or other board having the authority to appoint the officeholder for the usual term of office.
(c) When it becomes necessary to make appointments to any office or position created by this charter, ordinance, or law, the Board shall give notice in a newspaper of general circulation within the Town specifying positions open and for which appointment will be made so that interested persons may apply. (Amended 2019, No. M-1, § 2, eff. April 19, 2019; 2021, No. M-1, § 2, eff. April 13, 2021; amended 2023, No. M-3, § 2, eff. May 4, 2023.)NotesHistory Transitional provisions.
2023, No. M-3, § 3 provides: “Upon the effective date of this act:“(1) The term of office of an elected Town Constable shall continue until the Selectboard appoints a successor Constable.“(2) The Town Board of Listers shall cease to exist and the terms of the elected listers shall expire.”