Board of Selectmen
The Board of Selectmen consists of three members elected by the voters for three-year overlapping terms. The Board of Selectmen is the chief executive body of the Town. It is responsible for the general direction of the Town government, enacting rules and regulations to establish and implement town policies unless such powers are specifically assigned to some other office or agency.
The Board of Selectmen is responsible for approving all personnel policy guidelines and regulations. It also has responsibility for hiring town employees in the departments for which is has responsibility.
The Selectmen issue the warrants for Town Meetings and may make recommendations on various warrant articles; initiate legislative policy by inserting articles in Town Meeting warrants and then implement the votes subsequently adopted. The Selectmen make appointments of members for most boards and committees and hold public hearings on important town issues. The Selectmen also serve as the licensing board responsible for issuing and renewing liquor licenses.
The Board of Selectmen, acting as the chief executive board of the town, has certain powers and duties under state statute. To read these laws please visit the Massachusetts State Website which provides an online catalog of Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), by Chapter (C) and Section (s/§).
Contacting the Board of Selectmen
Monday-Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 250
Dover, MA 02030
|Town Administrator||David W. Ramsayfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Asst. Town Administrator||Greer Pugatchemail@example.com|
|Administrative Assistant||Mona DiSciullofirstname.lastname@example.org|
Members of the Board of Selectmen
|Member||John D. Jeffriesemail@example.com|
Meetings are normally held on alternating Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Please consult the town meeting calendar to confirm. Review the Board of Selectmen’s meeting minutes for a record of their meetings.
Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities
Dover Town Code
A. There shall be a three-member Board of Selectmen elected on a rotating basis of one member each year for a three-year term. The Board of Selectmen shall have the general direction and management of the property and affairs of the town in all cases not otherwise provided for by law and shall perform their duties in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 41, §§ 1, 21, inclusively. The Selectmen shall be the Police Commissioners and Water Commissioners for the Town. The Selectmen may appear, either personally or by counsel, before any committee of the Legislature or board or commission to protect the interest of the Town.
B. The Selectmen, shall, in their annual report, state specifically what Town ways and county ways have been laid out, altered or ordered, what damages have been assessed and paid, what claims are outstanding, and what claims have been asserted against the Town, with all the circumstances relating thereto.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Board members have regular office hours in the Town House?
While Board members do not maintain regular business hours, you may contact the Selectmen’s office for assistance at 508-785-0032 ext.221.
How do I apply for an appointment to a town board or committee?
Please fill out the form on the Volunteering page to express your interest or call the Selectmen’s Office.
How do I get a copy of past meeting minutes?
Meeting minutes have been archived on this website for your convenience. You can find all meeting minutes here.
How do I request a copy of a public record?
Most documents created or received by the Board of Selectmen are considered “public documents” and are available upon request. To request a copy of a public document in the custody of the Board of Selectmen please submit the following information to the Board in writing: your name, address, and the name and date of the document requested. Please note that Massachusetts General Law protects certain types of documents from public release; for example personnel records and pending litigation are exempt from public disclosure.
When is the next Selectmen’s Meeting?
Please refer to the town’s meeting calendar.
What is going to be discussed at the next Selectmen’s Meeting?
As soon as the agenda for the meeting is set it is posted on this website. This is generally 48 hours in advance of the meeting. You can find the agenda by clicking on meeting on the town meeting calendar.