There are 48 towns, cities and villages that have adopted the municipal manager system as set forth in 24 V.S.A. §§ 1231–1243 or comparable municipal charter provision. Each of the 48 managers has slightly different duties and responsibilities tailored to his or her community, and each does the job differently.
In order to adopt the town manager form of government, a town must vote at town meeting on a specific article to do such. 24 V.S.A. §§ 1240–1243.
The selectboard appoints, directs, supervises, sets the salary for and, for cause, removes the town manager. 24 V.S.A. §§ 1232, 1233, 1239.
A manager’s duties include the following (24 V.S.A. §§ 1235–1238):
- Having general supervision of the town;
- Being the administrative head of all departments;
- Performing all duties not committed to another office;
- Performing all selectpersons’ duties except preparing tax bills, signing orders, calling town meetings, laying out highway or parks, making assessments, awarding damages, being a member of the Board of Civil Authority, and filling vacancies (but the manager shall assist the selectboard in these duties);
- Being the general purchasing agent;
- Having charge of all town buildings including school buildings upon requisition of the board of school directors;
- Acting as the road commissioner (automatic — no other commissioner can be appointed or elected);
- Doing town accounting, including school district accounting when the board of school directors so requests;
- Having charge of the police and fire departments (including appointments, removals and salaries);
- Acting as collector of taxes (if the town so votes) (24 V.S.A. § 1236);
- Having charge of the system of licenses (other than those issued by the town clerk);
- Having charge of the system of sewers;
- Having charge of street lighting; and