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 section one of chapter forty-one of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the office of treasurer-collector in the town of Whately is hereby established. Said treasurer-collector shall be appointed by the board of selectmen of said town for a term of three years from a minimum of three persons recommended by the screening committee established under section two. Said treasurer-collector shall have all the powers and duties and be subject to the liabilities and penalties now or hereafter conferred or imposed by law on town treasurers and town collectors. Said treasurer-collector may be removed for cause by the board of selectmen after a public hearing. Any vacancy in said office shall be filled, pursuant to the provisions of this act, for the unexpired portion of the term. Said office shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws. The compensation of said office shall be established within the classification and pay plan of the town by-laws, as recommended by the personnel committee and set by the board of selectmen.
SECTION 2. There is hereby established a screening committee to make recommendations to the board of selectmen on the appointment of the treasurer-collector. Said committee shall consist of seven members, one of whom shall be the town administrator, one of whom shall be a member of the board of selectmen chosen by said board, one of whom shall be a member of the personnel committee chosen by said committee and four residents of the town of Whately to be appointed by the town moderator who insofar as possible shall be knowledgeable on municipal finance, data processing, human resources, law or similar areas.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of section one, the incumbents in the office of treasurer and collector on the effective date of this act shall continue to hold said offices and to perform the duties thereof until the expiration of the terms for which they were elected and the appointment and qualification of a treasurer-collector or until they otherwise vacate said offices in which event the board of selectmen may implement such provisions of section one, as may be necessary to continue the orderly administration of said offices.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.