AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF WAREHAM.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 3-1 of the charter of the town of Wareham, which
is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth as provided in
section twelve of chapter forty-three B of the General Laws, is hereby amended
by striking out subsection (a) and inserting in place thereof the following
(a) Elective Offices - The offices to be filled by voters shall be a board
of selectmen, a school committee, a town moderator, a board of assessors, a
town clerk, a town collector, a housing authority and such other members of
regional authorities, or districts, as may be established by statute,
intergovernmental agreement, or otherwise.
SECTION 2. Said charter is hereby further amended by striking out
SECTION 3. Said charter is hereby further amended by adding the
Section 4-5. Additional Town Administrator Appointments.
(a) Town Treasurer - The town administrator shall appoint a town treasurer
for an indefinite term. The treasurer shall receive and take charge of all
money belonging to the town. He shall pay out and account for all town funds
according to the order of the town and its authorized officers. No other
person shall have authority to pay any bill of any municipal department. The
treasurer shall have all of the other powers and duties which are given to
treasurers by general laws and such other powers, duties and responsibilities
as may be provided by charter, by by-law or by other town meeting vote.
(b) No person shall be appointed or removed as town treasurer except as
provided in subsections (1), (2) and (3) following:
(1) Appointment and removal shall be in a manner consistent with
section 4-2 (b).
(2) No person shall be appointed town treasurer, who, on the effective date
of his appointment, does not possess at least an earned Baccalaureate Degree
from an accredited institution of higher learning in either accounting,
financial administration, financial management or treasury management or has
earned sufficient course work credits in any combination of the aforementioned
which otherwise would be equal to the requisite earned degree in any one of the
individual disciplines set forth herein.
(3) No person shall be appointed to the position of town treasurer, who, on
the effective date of such appointment, does not possess at least five years of
full time professional experience, within the ten years immediately preceding
the date of such appointment in the practice of accounting, treasury
management, financial administration or financial management, at least three
years of which shall have been as a full time appointed employee or elected
official of a municipality, county government, regional authority or agency,
state government agency, interstate governmental agency, or federal government
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage. The present
town treasurer shall remain in office until the completion of his elected
term, or until the position becomes vacant for any reason, whichever may first