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 position of town clerk in the town of Weston shall be appointed.
SECTION 2. Paragraph (ii) of subsection (c) of section 2 of chapter 80 of the acts of 2001 is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The town manager shall recommend to the board of selectmen for its appointment candidates for the positions of town clerk, chief of the fire department, forest warden, police chief, and director of public works.
SECTION 3. Paragraph (v) of said subsection (c) of said section 2 of said chapter 80 is hereby amended by striking out clauses (1), (2) and (3) and inserting in place thereof the following two clauses:-
(1) the town moderator shall retain the authority granted by town meeting vote or by by-law to appoint and fill vacancies in such offices, committees, or boards as specified thereby; and
(2) the library board of trustees, in consultation with the town manager, shall retain the authority to appoint and dismiss the library director, and all other library employees shall be appointed and dismissed by the library director in consultation with the town manager.
SECTION 4. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, upon the approval of this act by the voters as set forth in section 5, the position of elected town clerk in the town of Weston shall be abolished, and the term of the elected incumbent holding office, if any, shall be terminated; provided, however, that any individual elected to the position of town clerk at the same election at which the question set forth in section 5 appears on the ballot shall hold that office and perform the duties thereof until the appointment to said office is otherwise made in accordance with the provisions of chapter 80 of the acts of 2001, as amended in accordance with section 2 of this act, or the individual’s sooner resignation.
SECTION 5. This act shall be submitted for its acceptance to the qualified voters of the town of Weston at an annual or special election in the form of the following question:-
“Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2009, entitled ‘An Act Relative to the Town Clerk of the Town of Weston,’ be accepted?”
Below the ballot question shall appear a fair and concise summary of the ballot question prepared by town counsel and approved by the board of selectmen.
If a majority of the votes cast in answer to the question is in the affirmative, sections 1 to 4, inclusive, shall take effect in the town of Weston, but not otherwise.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect upon its passage.