The Board of Selectmen is the governing and legislative body for the Town of Marlborough. The five (5) members of the Board of Selectmen (BOS) are elected to staggered 4-year terms. The Selectmen are responsible for the administration and management of the town's affairs, policies, and budgets, and provides oversight and direction to the Town Manager. The key roles and responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen include:
Policy Making: The Board of Selectmen establishes policies and regulations for the town. They make decisions on various matters such as personnel, policies, finance (including budget and debt), infrastructure improvements, public works, and other local issues.
Budgeting and Financial Management: The board plays a crucial role in assisting the Town Manager in developing the town's operations and capital budget. Together, they review departmental budget proposals, prioritize spending, and make recommendations to the Board of Finance approval before having it sent to the voters via referendum. The Board of Selectmen ensures that financial resources are allocated appropriately and in line with the town's priorities.
Town Administration: The board assists the Town Manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the town. They hire the Town Manager, and approve the hiring decision of other key employees including the Assessor, Director of Planning, Finance Director and other administrative staff. The Board of Selectmen may also assist with negotiating contracts, managing town facilities, and addressing personnel matters.
Representation and Advocacy: The members of the Board of Selectmen act as representatives of the town's residents. They advocate for the town's interests, interact with state and local officials, and communicate with community members on matters of concern or interest. Engagement with our federal and state delegates are an important responsibility.
Community Engagement: The board fosters community engagement and encourages public participation in local decision-making. They may hold public hearings, town meetings, or other forums to gather input from residents, address concerns, and keep the public informed about town affairs.
Interagency Collaboration: The Board of Selectmen often collaborates with other local, regional, and state agencies to coordinate services, address regional issues, seek and support grant applications, and ensure efficient delivery of services to the town's residents.
Agendas and Minutes
Deb Bourbeau (U/D) 2025
Joe J. Asklar (R) 2023
Greg Lowrey (R) 2023
Amy Traversa (On Leave of Absence) (D) 2023
Betty O'Brien (D) 2025