The Town Manager is appointed by the Board of Selectmen with an open town meeting acting as the legislative body. The Town Manager is the chief administrative and fiscal officer of the Town’s day-to-day operations. This includes preparing the annual budget, appointing all staff and setting compensation, formulating and implementing personnel policies, negotiating all contracts with the Town’s union employees. The Town Manager is charged with providing for the efficient, effective, and economical operation of all governmental departments, agencies, and personnel under the control and supervision of the Town Manager. The full duties and responsibilities of the Town Manager are listed under Chapter 5, Section 3 of the Town Charter.