By-Law Establishing the Position of Town Administrator Article 5 Selectmen Section 1: To the extent permitted by law and except as otherwise provided by law or these bylaws, the selectmen shall have the general direction and management of the property and affairs of the town. This section shall not apply to property in the custody or use of any town department, officer, or committee. The selectmen are authorized and empowered, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 41, Section 23A, of the Massachusetts General Laws, to appoint a town administrator for a term of one or three years and to remove him at their discretion. No appointee prior to July 1, 1993 shall theretofore have held elective or appointive office within the town, or have served as a regular or special employee of the town. A town administrator appointed under the provisions of this section shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his duties. During the time he holds office he shall hold no elective town office within the town, but he 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 his office. He shall receive such aggregate compensation, not exceeding the amount appropriated therefor, as the selectmen may determine. He shall act on behalf of the selectmen in any matter which they may assign to him relating to the administration of the affairs of the town or of any town office or department under their supervision or control, including the timely preparation of a proposed budget for the town for the ensuing fiscal year, which budget shall be submitted to the advisory committee by the selectmen pursuant to the provisions of Article 14, Section 4, of these bylaws. With the approval of the selectmen, the town administrator may assist the personnel board in the administration of the personnel bylaw and may perform such other duties as may be requested of him by any other town officer, board, committee or commission.