The executive powers of the town shall be vested in the Selectboard which shall serve as the chief policy-making body of the town.*

The Selectboard shall have all of the executive powers given to Selectboards by the General Laws except for those granted to the town manager. The Selectboard shall be authorized to enter into intergovernmental or public or private agreements on such terms as it deems beneficial to the citizens of the Town of Hanover.

The Selectboard shall be responsible for the formulation and promulgation of policy directives and guidelines to be followed by all town agencies serving under it, and in conjunction with other elected town officers and multiple member bodies to develop and promulgate policy guidelines designed to bring the operation of all town agencies into harmony; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize any member of the Selectboard or a majority of such members, to become involved in the day-to-day administration of any town agency. It is the intention of this provision that the Selectboard shall act only through the adoption of broad policy guidelines, which are to be implemented by officers and employees serving under it.

The Selectboard shall cause the by-laws, rules, and regulations for the government of the town to be enforced and shall cause an up-to-date record of all its official acts to be kept.

The Selectboard shall appoint the Town Manager and Town Counsel, and approve the hire of the town audit firm, which shall be chosen by the Town Manager.

The Selectboard shall be the licensing board of the town and shall have the power to issue licenses, to make all necessary rules and regulations regarding the issuance of such licenses, and to attach such conditions and restrictions thereto as it deems to be in the public interest. The Selectboard shall enforce the laws relating to all businesses for which it issues such licenses. The Selectboard under this act may delegate or reorganize any local licensing authority or process notwithstanding any general laws relating to local governance to the contrary.

The Selectboard shall be responsible for providing timely audits as required by law. The audits shall be made by a certified public accountant, or firm of such accountants, who have no personal interests, direct or indirect, in the fiscal affairs of the town government of the town of Hanover or any of its officers.

Board Member Information

The members of the Selectboard may be reached directly by sending an email message or by calling 781-826-5000 (extensions listed below).

If you need to send a fax, please use 781-826-7499

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Joseph Colangelo Town Manager 781-826-5000 ext 1084
Ann Lee Assistant Town Manager/HR Director 781-826-5000 ext 1059
Janet Tierney Executive Assistant / Licensing Coordinator 781-826-5000 ext 1032
Julie Burke Administrative Assistant 781-826-3151 ext 1033

Board Members



Vice Chairman