Under State law and the Town's general by-laws, the executive branch of government is the Board of Selectmen, and part of their duties is to retain counsel. This authority does not rest with any other board. There may be times when other boards believe attorney's services are required, and in those instances, the appropriate procedure is to request that from the Board of Selectmen. Furthermore, the only board that can enter into litigation on the Town's behalf or binds the Town to a ruling such as an STB case is the Board of Selectmen. A declaratory ruling from a federal agency has been determined to carry the same weight as the decision of a court in civil litigation.