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. Chapter 27 of the acts of 1996 is hereby amended by striking out section 6 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 6. In accordance with the personnel by-law, except as otherwise provided by this act, the town manager shall appoint, based upon merit and fitness alone, the police chief, fire chief, treasurer collector, town accountant, director of public works, director of parks and recreation, director of health, personnel director and any other officers, subordinates and employees under the direct supervision of the town manager as well as officers, subordinates and employees for whom no other method of selection is provided in this act, except employees of the school and library departments and the planning board. The town manager may appoint such ad hoc committees as he deems necessary. Appointment of the personnel director, police chief and fire chief shall be with the concurrence of the board of selectmen.
SECTION 2. Section 7 of said chapter 27 is hereby amended by striking out clause (a) and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-
(a) administering and adopting personnel policies, practices and rules and regulations, any compensation plan and any related matters for all municipal employees and administering all collective bargaining agreements, except for the school and library departments and the planning board, entered into by the town.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.