Personnel Board

The Personnel Board shall consist of five (5) registered voters of the Town who hold no other elected or appointed Town office nor are employed by the Town. The terms of office of the originally appointed members shall be for one (1), two (2) or three (3) years and so arranged that the terms of approximately one-third (1/3) of the members will expire each year and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years each. After a hearing, any member of the Personnel Board may be removed for cause by the Appointing Authority.

The Personnel Board shall have the following powers and duties, in conjunction with the Town Administrator:

  • Conduct research into wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment in comparable Massachusetts municipalities;
  • Prepare for submission to Town Meeting, a Classification Plan classifying all positions, other than those filled by popular election or covered under a collective bargaining agreement, into classes doing substantially similar work or having equal responsibilities;
  • Prepare for submission to Town Meeting, a Salary Plan establishing minimum and maximum salaries to be paid to employees in positions so classified. The Salary Plan may provide for the attainment of periodic step-rate increases based on length of service and/or performance;
  • Administer the Classification and Salary Plans, the personnel rules and any other provisions of the Personnel Bylaw, address any questions arising thereunder and advise Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen and other Town agencies in any matter pertaining thereto;
  • Prepare for submission to Town Meeting, personnel rules applicable to employees in classified positions. Such rules may include:a. methods of determining the merit and fitness of candidates for appointment and promotion;
  • policies and procedures for Town employees holding provisional appointments;
  • policies regarding in-service training programs;
  • provisions governing days and hours of work;
  • attendance regulations;
  • provisions for sick, vacation, military and other leave;
  • policies and procedures covering relationships with employee organizations;
  • policies and procedures regulating reduction in force and removal of employees;
  • grievance procedures;
  • other such practices as may be appropriate for the administration of the personnel system of the Town;
  • amendments to the Classification and Salary Plans and the Personnel Bylaws.