ARTICLE 2--ELECTED TOWN OFFICIALS (Amended 5/9/09)
SECTION 1. There shall be three (3) SELECTMEN, one (1) to be elected each year for a term of three (3) years. If a vacancy occurs during the term of office, a special election shall be held to fill the unexpired term of office.
(Adopted 2/29/64) (Amended 6/13/81)
SECTION 2. By vote of a Town meeting called for the purpose at least (60) sixty days before an Annual Meeting, or upon request by petition of ten (10%) percent of the qualified voters filed with the Selectmen at least sixty (60) days before an Annual Town Meeting, asking the Selectmen act as Board of Public Works, Board of Health, (or other functions listed in MGL Chapter 41, Section 21), the Selectmen shall include in the Warrant for such Annual Town Meeting, for submission to the voters, such question or questions on the Official Ballot. (Adopted
SECTION 3. A MODERATOR shall be elected on the Official Ballot for a term of three (3) years. In the absence of the Moderator one shall be elected from the voters for that meeting only. (Adopted 6/13/81)
SECTION 4. TOWN CLERK shall be elected for a term of three (3) years. Upon the election of a Town Clerk, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen shall execute and file with the State Secretary a certificate of such election, which shall specify the date thereof and the date of the expiration of the term of office, and which shall have appended thereto a statement signed by the person elected that he has entered upon the duties of such office. (Adopted 6/13/81)
SECTION 5. A BOARD of HEALTH shall consist of three (3) members, one (1) to be elected each year for a term of three (3) years.
SECTION 6. A PLANNING BOARD shall consist of five (5) members, one (1) to be elected each year for a term of five (5) years.
SECTION 7. The two (2) Becket Representatives to the REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE shall be elected for a term of three (3) years, in accordance with the rules of this Regional School System. (Amended 1/20/96)
SECTION 8. The FINANCE BOARD shall consist of five (5) members, two (2) to be elected each year and one (1) on the third (3rd) year, for a term of three (3) years.
SECTION 9. There shall be two (2) CONSTABLES elected for a term of three (3) years.
SECTION 10. There shall be three (3) CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS, one (1) to be elected each year for a term of three (3) years. (Amended 1/20/96)
SECTION 11. Appointment to fill a vacancy in Town Office. As used in this section, the term “vacancy” includes a failure to elect. If a vacancy occurs in any town office, other than the office of selectmen, town clerk, treasurer, or collector of taxes, the selectmen shall in writing appoint a person to fill such vacancy. If there is a vacancy in a board consisting of two or more members, the remaining members of such board shall give written notice thereof, within one month of said vacancy, to the selectmen, who,
with the remaining member or members of such board, shall after one week’s notice, fill such vacancy by roll call vote. The selectmen shall fill such vacancy if such board fails to give said notice within the time herein specified. A majority of the votes of the officers entitled to vote shall be necessary to such election. The person so appointed or elected shall be a registered voter of the town and shall perform the duties of the office until the next annual meeting or another is qualified. (MGL Chapter 41, Section 11) (Amended 6/6/87, 1/20/96)
SECTION 12. When the Town elects a new board or officer to perform the duties of an existing board or officer, the office of such existing board or officer shall terminate upon the qualification of the new board or officer.
(Adopted 6/13/81) (Amended 1/20/96)
SECTION 13. All other Town Officers shall be appointed by the Selectmen or the Administrator unless other provision is made by law or by vote of the Town. (Adopted 6/13/81) (Amended 1/20/96)