Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. There is hereby established in the town of Marblehead a division of finance, hereinafter called the division, which shall be under the jurisdiction of the board of selectmen.
The division shall have all of the powers and duties vesting in or exercised by the following departments or offices, which shall be renamed subdivisions and included within, the division: town accountant; collector of taxes; and town treasurer. The town may, by by-law, add, abolish, rename or combine subdivisions, and their functions within the division. No contracts, obligations or liabilities in force on the effective date of this act, or on the date on which a present department is included within the division, shall be affected hereby, but the division shall in all respects be the successor of the departments included as subdivisions within said division.
SECTION 2. The board of selectmen shall annually appoint a director of finance whose qualifications, powers and duties shall be determined by said board, and who shall be responsible to said board. The director shall have full authority over the operations of the division and in the implementation of the policies established by said board. The director shall appoint and remove such staff assistants and employees as he deems necessary, subject to appropriation and the approval of said board. Such staff may include a supervisor for each subdivision. The director shall supervise all employees of the division as may be determined from time to time by the board. The director shall hold office subject to the will of said board. Said director shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws.
All present employees of any of the departments or offices listed in section one shall be transferred to the division, and retain all rights and benefits entitled to as of the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.