Town departments make efficient use of resources by focusing on specialized tasks that contribute to the overarching policy goals set by the town council. Though departments often work together, police officers are generally responsible for enforcing the law, public works crewmen build and maintain town infrastructure, finance clerks keep tabs on the town treasury, and so on. Department directors may cluster certain positions into divisions or teams where further specialization creates additional efficiencies or improved effectiveness.
All of the town departments are overseen by the town manager, who is charged with implementing the policies set by the town council. In this way, the citizen benefits from representation at the highest level of town government and the expertise of a professional staff to get things done effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
Town departments are listed in the related links list on the left of this page. You can find out more about the functions of each department on their individual pages.