Board of selectmen

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The board of selectmen or select board is commonly the executive arm of the government of New England towns in the United States.wikipedia
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New England town

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The board of selectmen or select board is commonly the executive arm of the government of New England towns in the United States.
Traditionally, a town's legislative body is the open town meeting, which is a form of direct democratic rule, with a board of selectmen possessing executive authority. Only several Swiss cantons with Landsgemeinde remain as democratic as the small New England town meetings.

Town meeting

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In most New England towns, the adult voting population gathered annually in a town meeting to act as the local legislature, approving budgets and laws. It is the chief executive branch of local government in the open town meeting form of government.
The executive agency of town government is an elected, part-time board, known as the Board of Selectmen or Select Board, having three, five, or seven members.

Orange, Connecticut

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In towns such as Beacon Falls, Bethany, Orange, and Simsbury, the losing first selectman candidate can earn a seat on the board of selectmen, depending on the number of votes he or she garners.
The town is governed by a Board of Selectmen.

New Hampshire

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In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the presiding selectman is usually called the chairman and is chosen annually by his or her fellow selectmen.
Most towns generally operate on the town meeting form of government, where the registered voters in the town act as the town legislature, and a board of selectmen acts as the executive of the town.

Board of Finance (New England)

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The first selectman is also a voting member of the board of selectmen and can cast a tie-breaking vote in the board of finance.
Its role is to act as a balance against the Board of Selectmen or School Board, which usually set the budget and present it to the public at town meeting.

Woodbridge, Connecticut

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Some towns, such as Woodbridge, elect their first selectmen to be the chief administrative officer of the town even though the position is technically part-time.

Beacon Falls, Connecticut

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In towns such as Beacon Falls, Bethany, Orange, and Simsbury, the losing first selectman candidate can earn a seat on the board of selectmen, depending on the number of votes he or she garners.

Bethany, Connecticut

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In towns such as Beacon Falls, Bethany, Orange, and Simsbury, the losing first selectman candidate can earn a seat on the board of selectmen, depending on the number of votes he or she garners.

Alderman

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In New Hampshire cities (which have a board of aldermen instead of a board of selectmen), a "selectman" is an elected position that is responsible for organizing elections for local, state, and federal offices.
Selectman

Poundmaster

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These men had charge of the day-to-day operations; selectmen were important in legislating policies central to a community's police force, highway supervisors, poundkeepers, field drivers, and other officials.

Police commissioner

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For example, population increases led to the need for actual police departments, of which selectmen typically became the commissioners.

Executive (government)

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The board of selectmen or select board is commonly the executive arm of the government of New England towns in the United States. It is the chief executive branch of local government in the open town meeting form of government.

Local government in the United States

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It is the chief executive branch of local government in the open town meeting form of government.

City manager

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In larger towns, the selectmen's daily administrative duties are delegated to a full-time town administrator or town manager.

City council

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In some towns, the board of selectmen acts more like a city council, but retains the historic name.

Connecticut

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In some places, such as Connecticut, the board is headed by a first selectman, who historically has served as the chief administrative officer of the town and may be elected separately from the rest of the board.

Georgetown, Colorado

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A rare use of the term outside New England is in Georgetown, Colorado, where the town governing body is called the Board of Selectmen.

Mayor

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Most towns, however, have chosen to elect the first selectman in a separate election, much like a mayor.

Chief administrative officer

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Traditionally, the first selectman acts as chief administrative officer.

Massachusetts

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In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the presiding selectman is usually called the chairman and is chosen annually by his or her fellow selectmen.

Chairman

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In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the presiding selectman is usually called the chairman and is chosen annually by his or her fellow selectmen.

Simsbury, Connecticut

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In towns such as Beacon Falls, Bethany, Orange, and Simsbury, the losing first selectman candidate can earn a seat on the board of selectmen, depending on the number of votes he or she garners.

Michael Winters (actor)

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He is best known for playing uptight town selectman Taylor Doose on the WB series Gilmore Girls (2000-2007).

Charlie Baker

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During this time he served three years as a selectman of Swampscott and considered a run for Massachusetts Governor in 2006.

List of cities and towns in New Hampshire

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The standard form has a board of selectmen acting as the town executive, while the entire voting population of the town acts as the town legislature in a form known as a town meeting.