Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, there is hereby established in the town of Upton a department of finance under the direction of a finance director who shall be appointed annually by the board of selectmen.
SECTION 2. The department of finance shall have all the powers and duties presently vested in the office of treasurer/collector and the town accountant. The board of selectmen shall annually appoint a treasurer/collector who shall be under the supervision of the finance director. The finance director shall be responsible to the board of selectmen for the proper operation of the fiscal affairs of said town for which he is given responsibility under this act. The powers and duties of the finance director shall include but not be limited to the following:
(a) to supervise, direct and be responsible for the efficient administration of the functions and operations of the department of finance;
(b) to coordinate the financial officers of all town departments;
(c) to ensure that complete and full records of the financial and administrative activity of the town are maintained and to render reports to the board of selectmen, as may be required;
(d) to serve, unless otherwise voted by the board of selectmen, as the chief procurement officer of the town;
(e) to recommend to the finance committee and capital budget committee, in conjunction with other town officers an annual operating budget and capital improvement program;
(f) to keep the board of selectmen and the finance committee fully informed as to the financial condition of the town and to make recommendations to the board of selectmen as deemed necessary; and
(g) to perform such other duties as necessary or as may be assigned by vote of the board of selectmen.
SECTION 3. The incumbent serving in the office of treasurer/collector on the effective date of this act shall continue to serve in the office for the balance of the term for which he was elected. Upon the expiration of said term or a precedent vacancy the treasurer/collector shall be appointed as provided herein.
SECTION 4. The incumbent serving in the office of town accountant on the effective date of this act shall continue to serve for the balance of the term for which he was appointed or until the appointment of a finance director. Upon the appointment of the finance director the powers and duties of the town accountant shall be his responsibility.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.