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Related Department: Town Manager

Jointly, the Selectmen serve as Chief Executive of the Town. As Groton's principal elective officers, and in addition to their responsibilities under state and local law, the Board of Selectmen has general supervision over all matters that are not specifically delegated by law or by vote of the Town to some other officer or board. They are the only officers empowered to enter into contracts on behalf of the town.

The Board of Selectmen has the authority and responsibility to:

  • provide general policy direction
  • issue administrative orders
  • appoint and serve as hiring authority for approximately 75 Town boards, committees, and officials who administer Town government
  • issue Annual and Special Town Meeting Warrants
  • engage and supervise Town Legal Counsel and approve actions in litigation
  • authorize all borrowing and all expenditures, including payroll
  • act as the Town licensing board, issuing alcohol, livery, auctioneer, and new and used car sales licenses, and common victuallers, underground storage, and earth removal permits
  • adjudicate dog complaints not resolved by the Dog Officer
  • publish the Annual Town Report
  • oversee municipal property and risk management for the Town

The term Selectmen probably derives from the traditional Select Vestrymen of English towns. After the Town Clerks, Selectmen were the first officials to serve colonial towns. At first, like the Moderator, they were selected at Town Meeting by fellow townsmen from among leading citizens. Afterwards they took their place among the other annually elected boards and officials.

The Selectmen are served by a salaried Town Manager and executive assistant.

One member is annually designated as Clerk of the Board and signs certain official documents, such as the Board Minutes. There is a rotating Chairmanship; the five members of the Board of Selectmen are co-equal.

Contact Information
Email Members 5
Phone (978) 448-1111 Selection Elected
Fax (978) 448-1115 Term 3 years
Office Town Hall, 173 Main St Remuneration Stipend
Meeting Every Monday @ 7:00 PM Meeting location Town Hall: First Floor Meeting Room
Hours Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

MemberRoleTerm StartTerm End
Joshua Degen Chair 05/18/2016 05/21/2019
John Giger Member 05/21/2018 05/21/2021
Alison Manugian Clerk 05/17/2017 05/21/2020
Barry A. Pease Vice-Chair 05/18/2016 05/21/2019
John, "Jack" G. Petropoulos Member 05/19/2015 05/15/2018
Rebecca "Becky" Pine Member 05/17/2017 05/21/2020

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Selectmen Meeting Videos

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