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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


     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 section 91A of chapter 41 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary and subject to the by-laws of the town of Carver, the town administrator, in consultation with the chief of police, may from time to time appoint not more than 3 constables as the town administrator considers necessary; provided, however, that the board of selectmen may reject the appointment of a constable within 15 days after being notified of the appointment.  The constables shall have all the powers, duties and responsibilities of, and be subject to the liabilities and penalties conferred and imposed by law on, the offices of constable under the General Laws. 
     SECTION 2.  The town administrator of the town of Carver, with the approval of the board of selectmen, may establish an employment contract for up to 3 years with each appointed constable for salary, fringe benefits and other conditions of employment including, but not limited to, severance pay, reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of office, liability insurance and conditions of discipline, termination, dismissal, reappointment, performance standards and leave.
     SECTION 3.  The position of elected constable in the town of Carver shall be abolished and the elected incumbents serving as of the effective date of this act shall serve for the remaining time or their sooner vacating of the offices.  Contracts or liabilities in force on the effective date of this act shall not be affected by the abolition of the elected office of constable and the appointed office of constable created in this act shall in all respects be the lawful successor of the abolished or consolidated elected offices.
     SECTION 4.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, January 29, 2016.