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413-743-8300 Department Ext. 170
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Chairman 743-8300 Phone Ext. 100
Vice-Chairman 743-8300 Phone Ext. 100
Administrative Assistant 743-8300 Phone Ext. 100
Second Floor, Town Hall
8 Park Street
Adams, MA 01220
(413) 743-8300 Dept. #170
(413) 743-8316
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Workshops - 2nd & 4th Wednesday
7p.m., Select Board Meeting Rooms
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Jeffrey Snoonian
Arthur Harrington
Vice Chairman
John Duval
Joseph Nowak
Richard Blanchard

The Board of Selectmen is composed of five members who are elected for three-year terms. As the Chief Elected and Executive Officers of the Town, the Selectmen are vested with all the municipal authority not specifically retained by the Town's legislative body, Town Meeting. The Selectmen appoint a Town Administrator, responsible for the daily management of the Town, whose powers are specified in Chapter 31, Acts of 1983. The Board's responsibilities are scattered throughout hundreds of statutes and Town bylaws, home rule charter, and special acts of the legislature. Apart from strict legal responsibilities, the Board can and should set policy and strategic direction for the community.   The Chairperson conducts the Selectmen's meetings and is the voice of the board.  The Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship, which are rotated every year, are determined by the Board of Selectmen at their first meeting prior to town election.

The Selectmen issue the warrants for Town Meetings and make recommendations on the warrant articles; initiate legislative policy by inserting articles in Town Meeting Warrants and then implement the votes subsequently adopted. They adopt town administrative policies; review and set fiscal guidelines for the annual operating budget and make recommendations to Town Meeting on the same.

The Board is the local licensing authority for a broad range of activities including sale of alcoholic beverages, lodging houses, blasting operations, automobile dealers, junk dealers, pawnbrokers, parking and traffic regulation, storage of gasoline, restaurants, special events and entertainment.

The Board of Selectmen meets for a regular meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday's, unless otherwise posted, at 7pm in Town Hall.  Regular meetings are broadcast live by Northern Berkshire Community Television Corp.  Working sessions of the Selectmen are held on the opposite Wednesdays, same time, same place.