The First Selectman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Town and shall preside over all meetings of the Board of Selectmen. The First Selectman shall oversee the affairs of the Town.
The First Selectman shall be a nonvoting ex officio member of all agencies, other than the Board of Selectmen, that are appointed by the Board of Selectmen or elected by the Town and shall be a nonvoting ex officio member of the Board of Education but shall not be a member of the Board of Ethics.
[Amended 11-8-2011, effective 12-8-2011]
In the event that severe or widespread conditions arise which may affect the general health, safety, or welfare of the townspeople or their property and which make taking immediate action advisable, the First Selectman or, in the absence of the First Selectman, the Deputy First Selectman or, in the absence of both the First Selectman and the Deputy First Selectman, another Selectman then appointed by the Board of Selectmen shall be empowered to declare a temporary state of emergency for a period not to exceed 120 hours. The First Selectman or Deputy First Selectman or other appointed Selectman declaring such state of emergency shall specify the reasons for the declaration and the expected duration of the emergency. In the event that a Selectman, other than the First Selectman or Deputy First Selectman, is appointed by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with this section and declares a temporary state of emergency, such Selectman shall have and may exercise the powers and authority of the First Selectman in the absence of the First Selectman and Deputy First Selectman during such state of emergency. After a state of emergency has been declared, the Board of Selectmen shall convene a Board of Selectmen meeting as soon as possible to ratify the emergency declaration and, if warranted, to extend the emergency declaration beyond 120 hours. Due and diligent effort shall be made to give reasonable notice to all members of the Board of Selectmen of the place and time for the Board of Selectmen meeting. Upon a state of emergency having been declared, the Board of Selectmen shall be empowered to adopt such resolutions and ordinances as it deems necessary under the circumstances. Any resolution or ordinance adopted by the Board of Selectmen during a declared state of emergency, if not previously repealed or if not continued by Town Meeting action, shall automatically cease to have any force and effect 60 days after enactment.
The First Selectman, acting as the Town's Chief Executive Officer, or his or her designee, shall negotiate labor agreements for employees under the jurisdiction of the Board of Selectmen's budget.