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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR THE SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT TERMS OF THE TOWN MANAGER OF THE TOWN OF IPSWICH

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. The charter of the town of Ipswich, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth, as provided in section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out section 6 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 6. The board of selectmen shall appoint a town manager for a term of 3 years. The town manager shall be a person especially fitted by education, training and experience to perform the duties of the office. The town manager shall be appointed without regard to the town manager’s political beliefs. The board of selectmen may reappoint an incumbent town manager for successive, 3-year terms of office, as the board may determine to be in the best interests of the town. The town manager shall not be required to be a resident of the town or of the commonwealth when appointed or during the town manager’s initial term; provided, however, that if reappointed, the town manager shall be required to reside in the town not more than 12 months after the beginning of the town manager’s second term of office and throughout all successive terms of office. Before entering upon the duties of the office, the town manager shall be sworn to the faithful and impartial performance thereof by the chairman of the board of selectmen, the town clerk or a justice of the peace. The town manager shall execute a bond in favor of the town for the faithful performance of the town manager’s duties in such sum and with such surety as may be fixed or approved by the board of selectmen.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, February 16, 2018.