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. Notwithstanding sections 1 and 1B of chapter 41 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a treasurer-collector for the town of Oakham. The treasurer-collector shall be appointed by the board of selectmen of the town for a term not to exceed 3 years and may be removed by the board after notice and opportunity for a hearing. A vacancy in the office shall be filled in a like manner for the unexpired portion of the term. The treasurer-collector shall have the power to perform the duties, and be subject to the liabilities and penalties now or hereafter conferred or imposed by law on town treasurers and town collectors of taxes.
SECTION 2. (a) Notwithstanding section 1, to transition to a treasurer-collector, the incumbent town collector serving at the time of the effective date of this act shall continue to hold such office and perform the duties thereof until the expiration of the elected term or sooner vacating of the office.
(b) The board of selectmen shall appoint, and may remove, a temporary town treasurer to serve from the day following the 2013 annual town election until the expiration of the term of the incumbent town collector or upon vacating of the office; provided, however, that if this act is not in effect at least 35 days before the date of the 2013 annual town election, the office of town treasurer shall appear on the ballot and any person so elected shall hold that office and perform the duties thereof only until the board of selectmen appoints a temporary town treasurer. Upon the appointment of a temporary town treasurer under this act, the term of the elected incumbent town treasurer shall terminate.
(c) Upon the expiration of the term of the incumbent town collector, or sooner vacating of the office, an appointment of a treasurer collector shall be made in accordance with section 1, the elected positions of town collector and town treasurer shall be abolished and the term of the elected incumbent town collector terminated.
Approved, December 20, 2012.