Board & Committee Member Information

Congratulations on being elected or appointed as a new Board or Committee member for the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea. Listed below you will find some important documents that you will need to review prior to being sworn in as a Board or Committee Member. The completion of these items is required by Massachusetts law.

New Employees only have to complete the Conflict of Interest requirements**.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not get sworn in by the Town Clerk, you are not eligible to vote on your committee! You must get sworn in EACH time you are reappointed/re-elected for a new term.


Please fill out the Town Committee Volunteer Application if you have not done so already.

Conflict of Interest**

The Commonwealth's Conflict of Interest Law Summary must be receipted upon appointment to a board/committee, and once per year thereafter. Please view the Summary here, sign and return the receipt page. If you prefer, the State Ethics Commission has determined that an email is a sufficient receipt.

Every Town Employee and Committee member must complete an online test for the Conflict of Interest Law. Please read through all of the information, then complete the test at the end and then print out your receipt of completion. View the Conflict of Interest Law Online Training. You will need to bring this receipt to the Town Clerk's Office when you are sworn in.

Open Meeting Law

The Open Meeting Law supports the principle that the democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action. The Open Meeting Law requires that most meetings of governmental bodies to be held in public. There are some exceptions, which are designed to ensure that, public officials are not "unduly hampered" by having every discussion among public officials open to the public. As a result, the Open Meeting Law provides for particular circumstances under which a meeting may be held in executive, or closed, session.

Please read the contents of the Attorney General's Open Meeting Law Guide, execute and return the Certificate of Receipt page when you come before the Clerk to be sworn into your official duties. 

Board & Committee Member Handbook

This handbook provides you with important information including specifics on the Open Meeting Law and your responsibilities as a Board or Committee Member. View the Board & Committee Member Handbook (PDF) and check the official statutory or regulatory authorities that govern the conduct of local officials to remain up to date.