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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to establish forthwith qualifications for county managers, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

Subsection (B) of section 18 of chapter 34A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out paragraphs (i) and (ii) and inserting in place thereof the following 2 paragraphs:-

(i) The county manager shall be qualified by administrative and executive experience and ability to serve as the chief executive of the county. The county manager shall be appointed by a majority vote of the commissioners and shall serve at the pleasure of the commissioners. The county manager may be removed by majority vote of the commissioners subject to due notice and a public hearing. Such notice shall be in writing and shall be accompanied by a written bill of particular charges and complaints. The public hearing on these charges shall be held no less than 15 nor more than 30 days after personal service of notice and charges.

At the time of the county manager’s appointment the manager need not be a resident of the county but must reside within the county after the manager’s initial probationary period.

(ii) The position of a county manager may be a full or part-time position. The salary of the county manager shall be fixed by the commissioners, shall be reasonable and shall reflect whether the position is full or part-time.

Approved, August 7, 2010.