Topsfield Board of Selectmen

Members:

J. Stephen Lais, Chairman

  • Mark B. Lyons, Clerk
  • Boyd R. Jackson
  • Martha A. Morrison
  • Laura J. Powers

Town Administrator:

 

Kellie A. Hebert

     

Contact:

Town Administrator

 

Description:

The Board of Selectmen is an outgrowth of, or an agent of, the major decision-making body, the Town Meeting. The office has evolved throughout more than three hundred years of tradition and custom. In addition to those duties which have been established by custom, the Selectmenís powers and duties are determined by the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws and the respective town bylaws.

Topsfield has a five-member Board of Selectmen. One member is elected each year to serve for three years. They meet regularly on Monday night in the Proctor School Library. All meetings are open to the public and are televised and can be viewed on Channel 8/47, the Community Channel.

Selectmenís meetings, like those of all public boards and committees, must be posted at least 48 hours in advance. They are open to the public and subject to the requirements of the state Open Meeting Law Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 39, Section 23B. The Board may retire to executive session only to discuss those matters permitted by law. The Board must state which of the eight provisions is being invoked at that time. All minutes are a matter of public record except when they need to remain secret long enough to protect the legal purposes of the session.

The Selectmen have general supervision over all matters not specifically delegated by law or town vote to some other officer or board. In addition they:

  • settle claims against the town or employ counsel in suits against the town,
  • call for Annual or Special Town Meetings,
  • prepare the warrant
  • bear responsibility for the Annual Report,
  • sign all bonds and notes for borrowing, purchasing, leasing, or disposing of town property.
  • appoint the Town Administrator.

Regular Meetings:

Calendars

Selectmen Meetings

Monday, February 27
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details
Wednesday, March 8
5:00 pm : Agenda | Details
Monday, March 13
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details
Wednesday, March 22
5:00 pm : Agenda | Details
Monday, March 27
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details
Monday, April 10
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details
Monday, April 24
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details
Monday, May 8
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details