Town of Fairhaven, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Fairhaven 9-24-1987 by Arts. 1, 3, 5 and 7 (Ch. III, Secs. 21 through 24 of the 1934 Bylaws). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Finance Committee — See Ch. 33.
There shall be a Department of Finance which will be under the direction of the Director of Finance. The Department of Finance shall provide personnel and equipment to the offices of the Treasurer, Board of Assessors, Town Accountant, Town Collector and Purchasing Officer, which shall be the Divisions of the Department of Finance. The Director of Finance will coordinate the activities of the various Divisions of the Department of Finance and, subject to applicable law, shall supervise the operation of those Divisions.
[Added 5-4-2013 STM by Art. 5]
The Director of Finance shall act as treasurer and collector.
A. 
The Director of Finance shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a term of one to three years and may be removed at its discretion. The Director of Finance shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his/her duties. During the time that he/she holds office, he/she shall hold no elective Town office, but he/she may be appointed by the Selectmen or, with their approval, by any other Town officer, board, committee or commission to any other Town office or position consistent with the office. He/she shall receive such aggregate compensation, not exceeding the amount appropriated therefor, as the Selectmen may determine. He/she shall act by and for the Selectmen in any matter which they may assign to him/her relating to the administration of the financial affairs of the Town or of any Town office or department under their supervision and control or, with the approval of the Selectmen, may perform such other duties as may be requested of him/her by any other Town officer, board, committee or commission.
B. 
In addition to those duties otherwise established by law, the specific duties and qualifications of the Director of Finance shall be as follows:
(1) 
The Director of Finance shall be responsible for the operation of the Finance Department including the Divisions of Accounting, Collection, Assessing, Treasury and Purchasing. The Director of Finance shall be responsible for assisting the Town Administrator in the preparation of the budget and the long-range strategic financial plan. The Director of Finance shall be responsible for planning and implementing the computerization of the financial records of the Town.
[Amended 5-7-2016 ATM by Art. 36]
(2) 
The Director of Finance shall be professionally qualified for the position in terms of training and experience.
(3) 
He/she shall have a bachelor's degree in business or public administration or a related field. A master's degree and a CPA are desirable.
(4) 
He/she shall have a minimum of eight years of experience in public or private sector financial management, at least half of which shall be in a supervisory position, and shall have knowledge of computers, accounting and budgeting.
(5) 
He/she shall have a demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with citizens and employees and shall be able to be bonded.
C. 
The Selectmen may from time to time vary the duties and qualifications of the Director of Finance if they find that such variance is in the best interest of the Town and does not derogate from the intent of the bylaws and is not otherwise contrary to law.
[Amended 5-3-2008 STM by Art. 30]
A. 
The Board of Assessors shall consist of three members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve on a part-time basis for a term of three years.
B. 
A member of said Board of Assessors serving on the effective date of this section shall continue to serve for the balance of the term for which he/she was appointed.
C. 
The members of the Board of Assessors shall be responsible for hearing appeals and deciding abatements. The Selectmen may from time to time vary the duties and qualifications of the members of the Board of Assessors if they find that such variance is in the best interest of the Town and does not derogate from the intent of the bylaws and is not otherwise contrary to law.
A. 
There shall be a Division of Purchasing within the Department of Finance, which division shall be under the direction of a Purchasing Officer. The Purchasing Officer shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a term of one to three years and may be removed at its discretion. He/she shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his/her duties. He/she may be appointed by the Selectmen or, with their approval by another Town officer, board, committee or commission, to any other Town office or position consistent with his/her office. He/she shall receive such aggregate compensation, not exceeding the amount appropriated therefor, as the Selectmen may determine.
B. 
The Purchasing Officer, under the general direction of the Treasurer, shall be responsible for the operation of the Purchasing Division. The duties shall include central purchasing, contract administration, risk management and inventory control.
C. 
The Purchasing Officer shall be qualified for the position in terms of education and training. He/she shall have an associate of arts degree in business or a related field. A bachelor's degree would be preferred. He/she shall have a minimum of five years of experience doing administrative work in the private or public sector, preferably in the areas of purchasing, contract administration or risk management, with the knowledge of computers desirable. He/she shall have a demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with the public, vendors and employees.
D. 
The Selectmen may vary the duties and qualifications of the Purchasing Officer if they find such variance is in the best interest of the Town and does not derogate from the intent of the bylaws and is not otherwise contrary to law.