Board of Selectmen

Members
The Board of Selectmen is composed of 5 members who are elected for 3-year terms. Current members include:
  • Neil Wishinsky (Chair)
  • Ben Franco
  • Nancy Heller
  • Bernard Greene
  • Heather Hamilton

Responsibilities


As the Chief Elected and Executive Officers of the town, the Selectmen are vested with all the municipal authority not specifically retained by the town's legislative body, Town Meeting. The Selectmen appoint a Town Administrator, responsible for the daily management of the town, whose powers are specified in Chapter 270 of the Acts of 1985, as amended.

The Selectmen:
  • Issue the warrants for Town Meetings and make recommendations on the warrant articles
  • Initiate legislative policy by inserting articles in Town Meeting warrants
  • Implement the votes subsequently adopted
  • Adopt town administrative policies
  • Review and set fiscal guidelines for the annual operating budget and the 6-Year Capital Improvements Program
  • Make recommendations to Town Meeting on the budget and Capital Improvements Program
  • Appoint department heads and members of most official boards and commissions
  • Hold public hearings on important town issues and periodic conferences with agencies under their jurisdiction and with community groups
  • Represent the town before the General Court and in all regional and metropolitan affairs
  • Enforce town by-laws and regulations
  • Serve as the licensing board responsible for issuing and renewing over 600 licenses in more than 20 categories, including common victualler, food vendor, liquor, lodging house, open-air parking lot, inflammables, special events, and entertainment

Meetings


The Board of Selectmen meets every Tuesday, unless otherwise posted.

Summer 2017 Meeting Schedule (times TBD):
June 20th
June 27th
July 11th
July 25th
August 8th
August 22nd (if necessary)
September 5th

The meetings are broadcast live by Brookline Interactive Group.


Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View All Agendas and Minutes


Override Study Committee


The Override Study Committee (OSC) was established by the Board of Selectmen in August, 2013.  After many months of hard work, the OSC has submitted its Final Report.  Visit the OSC's website for all information.

Also visit Override Central for all information related to the Board of Selectmen's review.


​Accomplishments


We are delighted to announce that the Town's FY17 Financial Plan was awarded the Outstanding Budget Presentation by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

Aaa Bond Rating Reaffirmed


We are pleased to announce that on March 10, 2017, Moody's reaffirmed the Town's Aaa bond rating.  Brookline is one of just 14 communities in Massachusetts that has been assigned the Aaa rating by Moody's.  You can access the report here.


Statement of the Board of Selectmen


Please read the Brookline Board of Selectmen Statement dated February 7, 2017 regarding the Town of Brookline's status as a Sanctuary Town.

2017 Annual Town Meeting - May 23, 2017


The Board of Selectmen set Tuesday, May 23, 2017 as the start date for the start date for the 2017 Annual Town Meeting.  Town Meeting is held in the High School auditorium and begins at 7:00 PM.  All Town Meeting files can be accessed here.