Governance

The Town of Andover's governing charter was enacted by the Legislature in 1956, and amended in 1974. The Charter authorizes an open town meeting-board of selectmen-town manager form of government.

The Town is overseen by an elected 5-member Board of Selectmen, and is administered by an appointed professional Town Manager, who also oversees approximately 20 departments and divisions. Andover's public schools are overseen by an elected 5-member School Committee, and administered by an appointed professional Superintendent.

There are also various appointed boards and committees which have specific responsibilities concerning various aspects of town governance. Town Meeting, which is generally unique to New England, serves as Andover's legislative body. It offers all registered voters of the community the opportunity to participate in the major decisions of the Town. Town Meeting is facilitated by an elected Town Moderator, who also responsible for appointing a nine-member Finance Committee, which in turn is responsible for advising Town Meeting on all matters brought before it.
  1. Agendas & Minutes

    Access easily searchable meeting agendas and minutes for various boards, commissions, and committees.

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  2. Board of Selectmen

    The Board of Selectmen serves as the Town's policy-making body, except as otherwise directed by state statutes or by the Town Charter. The Selectmen are elected by the voters of Andover, and serve for 3-year staggered terms.

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  3. Budget Information

    Read documents and browse current and previously approved budgets.

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  4. Code of Bylaws

    Search, view, and print Town general and zoning bylaws online.

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  5. Elections

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  6. Financial Reports

    Review the collection of comprehensive annual financial reports, contributory retirement system valuations and more.

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  7. Licensing

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  8. Public Records Center

    Responding to public records requests is an important service we provide the public. In most cases a request for public records will require payment in advance.

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  9. Town Meeting

    If you need further information, you can contact the Town Clerk or Town Manager. An ombudsman is present at all Town Meetings to assist voters in wording amendments and answer questions on procedures.

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  10. Town Reports

    Review the Annual Report, prepared by the Town Manager pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 40, Section 49 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Article Ii, Section 4 of the General by-Laws of the Town of Andover.

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  11. Boards & Commissions A - E

    Find boards and commissions that begin with letters A through E.

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  12. Boards & Commissions F - Z

    Find boards and commissions that begin with letters F - Z.

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