Since its incorporation, the Town of Windham and its residents have been served by dedicated members of the community, giving generously of their time and expertise to the betterment of the town. With the exception of the first three years after the granting of our charter, the Windham Board of Selectmen always consisted of 3 elected members. It was not until over 240 years later, in 1987, that the growth in town prompted the Annual Town Meeting to increase the Board’s membership to five.
Although the configuration of the Board has undergone changes, the duties and responsibilities it is charged with have varied very little through the years. The addition to the staff of our Town Administrator in 1988 has lessened the burden on the Board in - among other things - managing the day to day operations of the Town, as well as preparation of budgetary matters and oversight of personnel issues, however it has not removed these responsibilities entirely. Working in cooperation with the Town Administrator, Department Heads, employees, residents, and a host of others, the primary objective of the Board remains the oversight and management of the Town’s financial, departmental, and community affairs.
Currently serving on the Board are:
While the members of the Board of Selectmen are not generally available in the Administrative offices during the course of the business day, any concerns or questions can be addressed by the Administrative staff and/or the Town Administrator, David Sullivan. If listed in the local telephone directory, the Selectmen may be reached at their homes.
Members of the Board of Selectmen are elected by the voters. Anyone interested in running is encouraged to contact the Town Clerk for more information about the candidacy filing period, which takes place in January, and is subject to a deadline.
December 18, 2013
To the Residents of Windham:
Over the past year, the Board has had several discussions relative to the Town’s personnel policies and collective bargaining agreements, specifically as it pertains to Earned Time accruals and the importance of revising/establishing an “accrued balance” cap for same. We are pleased to advise that amendments have or will be implemented that, moving forward, will largely reduce both the potential financial liabilities and extended absences requiring coverage that might have come with the departure of long-time employees. The Board has recently undertaken the task of how best to address the small number of non-union management employees who, based on their accrued hours over the “payout” cap, presented the potential for significant financial liability upon their retirement in terms of coverage needs.