About the Position
The Town Moderator is the presiding officer of the Annual Town Meeting, Special Town Meetings, and other meetings that she is requested to officiate and to ensure that order is maintained.
The Moderator regulates its proceedings, decides all questions of order, declares the outcome of all votes, and has other power and duties as provided for that office by Massachusetts General Laws (see below) and town bylaws.
The Town Moderator is an elected position with a three year term. Her term expires in 2023..
Sarah Cannon Holden serves as the Town Moderator.
In nuclear physics the term MODERATOR is used to describe the substance which is mixed with uranium in a reactor to slow down the high-speed particles to the point where they can do some useful work.
Massachusetts General Laws / Chapter 39: Moderators
- Powers and Duties - Section 15
- Powers of Moderator; Preservation of Order - Section 17
- Duties of Moderators; Reception of Votes - Section 18
Leading up to Town Meeting there are many opportunities to discuss and provide input into the proposals that will be considered. Please check the town web-site for posted meetings. The Town Boards and Committees make every effort to provide open and informative meetings to anyone interested in joining their deliberations.
Check in begins at 8:15 AM