Brewster Select Board Seeks Three (3) Residents to Serve on Charter Committee.

The Select Board will appoint a Charter Committee for the purpose of making a recommendations to the Select Board on a Charter for the Town of Brewster. A municipal charter is a legal document that defines how a municipality is organized, how it functions, its powers, and how public services are handled. The charter functions as the constitution of a local government.

If you are interested in filling this position, please send a letter of interest and resume for consideration to Robin Young, in the office of the Select Board no later than March 4. Prospective candidates will be interviewed at an upcoming Select Board meeting. 

The proposed charter will address the structure and powers of Brewster town government, including election procedures, the legislative and executive branches, town administration, multi-member bodies, and financial provisions. The Committee shall analyze municipal charters currently operating within the Commonwealth, and prepare a recommendation that is consistent with Massachusetts law as well as best practices in municipal government.

The Brewster Charter Committee is to be comprised of eight voting members;

  • Town Moderator or designee (ex officio)
  • Select Board member, designated by the Select Board (ex officio)
  • Finance Committee member, designated by the Finance Committee (ex officio)
  • Three registered voters of the Town appointed by the Select Board
  • Town Administrator or designee (ex officio)
  • Town Clerk (ex officio)

The Committee will utilize the Town Bylaws and current form of Town operations as a starting point, and will consider the recommendations of the Collins Center, the Government Study Committee, the Brewster Vision plan, the Department of Revenue Division of Local Services, and others as appropriate, to establish checks and balances for all functions and operations, and to prioritize efficiencies.