The Consolidated Department of Municipal Finance shall include the offices of Accountant, Treasurer, Collector, Assistant Assessor, Management Information Systems and Finance Director.
The Department shall be headed by a Director of Municipal Finance, who shall be appointed by and be responsible to the Town Manager and may also serve as the Town Accountant or as the Collector/Treasurer but not both. The Director shall be appointed for a term of three years, subject to removal by the Town Manager at any time for cause.
The Director shall be responsible for the performance of the functions of Treasurer, Collector, Accountant, Management Information Systems and Assistant Assessor in accordance with the laws of the commonwealth and, to the extent that such exist, appropriate regulations of departments thereof.
The status of all employees in departments which shall be included in the Consolidated Department of Municipal Finance shall be protected in accordance with the provisions of the first paragraph of MGL c. 43C, § 10.
In addition to responsibilities hereinbefore listed in § 18-5, the Director of Municipal Finance shall also be responsible for the following:
Coordination of all financial services and activities, including assistance with budget preparation for all departments under the authority of the Select Board/Town Manager.
Maintenance of all accounting records and other financial statements.
Payment of all obligations of the Town.
Receipt of all funds due the Town.
Assistance to all other Town departments and offices in any matter related to financial affairs.
Monitoring of the expenditure of all funds, including periodic reporting to appropriate agencies on the status of accounts.
Such other matters as may be determined necessary from time to time by the Town Manager.
Appointments of personnel necessary to staff the Consolidated Department of Municipal Finance (other than as provided in § 18-6 above) shall be by the Director subject to the approval of the Town Manager, except that if the Town Accountant is appointed to serve as the Director the appointment as Town Accountant shall continue to be made by the Select Board, as provided in the Town Charter, and the appointment of the Treasurer/Collector shall continue to be made by the Town Manager as provided in the Town Charter.