The Town Administrator's roles and responsibilities are established in a Special Act approved by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2016.
The Town Administrator is appointed by the Select Board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Town government, to advise upon and administer the policies and procedures of the Select Board, and to enforce Town bylaws and actions adopted by Milton's Representative Town Meeting.
The Town Administrator appoints department heads and employees and prepares the annual operating and capital budget. The agendas for all Select Board meetings are prepared by the Town Administrator and staff, subject to approval of the Chair. The decisions and actions of the Board are followed up through to implementation by the staff of this office.
Staff members in the Town Administrator/Select Board Office are responsible for managing the personnel and risk management functions of the Town. This includes formulating and implementing personnel policies, collective bargaining, Civil Service, workers compensation, and unemployment benefits. Personnel records are managed and maintained by staff of this office. The Town Administrator negotiates all contracts with the Town's non-school union employees, subject to the ratification of the Select Board and funding by Town Meeting. In addition, the staff members process alcohol licenses, one-day liquor licenses, entertainment licenses, livery licenses, above or underground storage tank licenses, block party approvals, yard sale approvals, common victualler licenses, annual reports, appointments to Boards and Committees under the Select Board's jurisdiction, taxi licenses, town meeting warrants, and proclamations.