Board of Selectmen

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Julie Atwell Town Administrator (603) 383-4223 x101

Board Members

Board Members

Name Title
Bob Thompson Chairman (2021)
Richard Bennett Selectman (2019)
John Allen Selectman (2020)

By state statute RSA 41:8, the Board of Selectmen as the governing body is to "manage the prudential affairs of the town" according to the will of the legislative body (town meeting). In general, under New Hampshire law, the policy making authority of a town rests with the town meeting.

The Board of Selectmen must also comply with state mandates such as the current certification process and mandatory revaluations. New Hampshire is not a home rule state. No board, commission or official can do anything unless it is so specified in the RSA's.

The Board is the executive, managerial, administrative body that does whatever is necessary to carry out the votes enacted at town meeting. Any action must be taken by the Board acting as a board - that is, voted on by a majority of the Board at a public meeting.

Some of the duties of the Board of Selectmen are:

  • Employs town counsel
  • Makes appointments to town Boards and Committees
  • Signs warrants for the payment of town bills
  • Grants licenses and permits
  • Establishes fees for permits
  • Manages and regulates use of all town property
  • Regulates town highways and commons
  • Employs town administrative staff

The Board of Selectmen are named as the assessors of property, but the Board engages the services of certified assessors to keep property values up to date. The Board is also responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and for granting or denying Building Permit applications, although professionals are employed by the Board to handle these functions.

Video records of meetings are available here. This is an external site and also streams Selectman's meetings live.