The Board of Selectmen is currently accepting volunteer applications to fill various positions on a number of boards and committees. Current vacancies are highlighted in yellow, those listed in blue indicate incumbents that have not yet indicated whether they are seeking reappointment in June, and incumbents highlighted in green have requested consideration to be reappointed (see attachment).
Any resident of the Town of Upton may apply to be appointed to a committee. Interested residents shall be directed to complete an Application for Volunteer Services including qualifications they would bring to the position. Whenever possible, resumes should accompany the form, which is to be forwarded to the Selectmen's office.
The Selectmen shall make their appointments in public session. Interviews for all new applicants shall focus on the qualifications of the applicant and the role of the committee.
Committees which involve a significant amount of time in service to become a knowledgeable and useful member, present members will be given every consideration if they desire to be reappointed. At least one month prior to appointments, the Selectmen’s office shall contact present committee members to determine their desire to be reconsidered for an appointment. Incumbents who wish to be reappointed must indicate so in writing to the Board of Selectmen. The Selectmen shall consider their re-appointments in public session. Members in good standing may be reappointed at the discretion of the Selectmen.
As a general statement and underlying principle, people invited to serve the town by becoming members of its important non-elected committees, boards and commissions should:
- Be people of competence, good will and sound, objective judgment;
- Be drawn from new and long-time residents alike;
- Be truly interested in the welfare of Upton and all its residents;
- Be sensitive to the long-term as well as immediate impact of their decisions and recommendations;
- Be willing and able to devote the time and energy necessary to fulfill their responsibilities.
It should be noted that “experience,” while desirable, is NOT a requirement. The Selectmen would like to encourage people who have not come forward before to let their interests be known.
When making appointments, the Selectmen shall endeavor to make all new appointments and reappointments expire on June 30 of any given year, unless otherwise defined by statute, bylaw or other rule. Whenever a vacancy occurs before the expiration of a term, the Selectmen shall appoint a member to fill out the unexpired portion of the term.
All volunteers, along with public employees, must complete a brief online training program, in accordance with conflict of interest law, Massachusetts General Law Chapter 268A.