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 Harvard a department of finance. Said department shall assume the powers and duties as presently assigned to the treasurer/tax collector and town accountant, and shall assume responsibility for the personnel management and purchasing functions of the town. All appointments to said department shall be made by the board of selectmen, including the appointment of a finance director who shall administer the operations of said department under the direct and undelegated supervision of said board and of the school committee, and who shall be subject to the removal for cause by said board. The finance director may serve as the town accountant, treasurer, tax collector, or treasurer and tax collector, but shall not combine the position of town accountant with either treasurer or tax collector.
SECTION 2. The board of selectmen shall appoint members of the board of assessors for three year terms, such terms so arranged that the term of office of one member shall expire each year. Members shall be subject to removal for cause by the board of selectmen. The board of assessors shall have the powers and duties provided by statute; provided, however, that the finance director shall supervise all employees assisting in the performance of assessing functions.
SECTION 3. Upon the effective date of the appointment of the finance director, the term of office of the treasurer/tax collector and town accountant shall terminate. The incumbents in said office of town accountant and treasurer/tax collector and all present employees of any of the departments or offices referred to in this act shall be transferred to the department of finance, to serve under the direction and supervision of said finance director and shall not forfeit pay grade or time in service.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect on January first, nineteen hundred and ninety-four.