Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

a.    What is the Assembly of Delegates?

  • Cape Cod has a regional government that provides services for residents. The Assembly of Delegates is the legislative branch and the County Commissioners are the executive branch. Each of the Cape’s 15 towns elect Delegates to serve two-year terms on the Assembly. The elections are non-partisan.

b.    Who is Brewster’s Delegate in the Assembly?

  • Dr. Mary Chaffee has served as Brewster’s Delegate since June 2017. She is a nurse and retired Navy Captain who recently completed a law degree. Dr. Chaffee has been elected three times to the Brewster Board of Health, and has served as the Board’s chair as well as its liaison to the Town’s Recycling Commission.

c.    How can I contact Dr. Chaffee?

  • mary.chaffee@barnstablecounty.org

d.    When does the Assembly meet?

  • The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 4pm.
  • Meetings are held in the Assembly Chamber at the First District Courthouse in the County government complex at 3195 Main St., Barnstable, and are open to the public.

e.    How much does Brewster’s vote count in the Assembly?

  • The Assembly employs a weighted voting system when enacting county ordinances.
  • Each Delegate’s vote is weighted based on the town’s U.S. census data.
  • Brewster’s percentage is 4.55% (the ninth largest percentage of the 15 towns).

f.     Why does Cape Cod have regional government?

  • Most Massachusetts counties have done away with county government but Cape Cod has certain economic and environmental characteristics that make regional government useful. The County government was established by an act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1988. The “Barnstable County Home Rule Act of 1988” guaranteed certain rights to the County (known as home rule), and created a government with two branches. Two years later the Legislature established the Cape Cod Commission as the Cape’s regional planning and land use regulation agency.

g.    Where can I find more information about Barnstable County government?

  • Barnstable County Government website: www. Barnstablecounty.org
  • Facebook: “Barnstable County Government”
  • Twitter: @CapeCodGov
  • County meetings (Commissioners, Assembly of Delegates, and Cape Cod Commission): www.youtube.com/user/BarnstableCounty