"Every town, at the annual meeting, shall choose, by ballot, one selectman to hold office for 3 years. The selectmen shall manage the prudential affairs of the town and perform the duties by law prescribed." - New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated Chapter 41 Section 8.
The Board of Selectmen acts as the executive branch of the Town Government carrying out the policies and laws set forth by the vote of the Citizens at Town Meeting. Despite their responsibility as municipal executives, Selectmen can only exercise those powers set forth by State law.
In Northwood, the Board of Selectmen is made up of three members, each elected to a three year term. After Town Meeting, the Board selects a presiding officer from their ranks who shall be the Chair. Traditionally, the Chair has been the individual in the last year of their term.
* The most recent town election resulted in the passage of a petition Warrant Article to increasing the Northwood Board of Selectmen from a three member to a five member board. At the town election next March voters will elect two selectmen for a three year term and one selectmen for a one year term.
During COVID-19, please send all citizen's forum comments to email@example.com with the follow guidelines:
When the Board is meeting electronically without access for the public to verbally address the Board, the Board may accept written comments from residents to be read into the record during the electronic meeting. The letters must be sent to the Board via the Citizen’s Forum email address posted on the town web site. Alternatively, they can be sent via the USPS, ATTENTION BOS: Citizens Forum. Submissions must identify the resident by name and be received by noon the day before the meeting to allow time to verify that it is in fact from the resident. Consequently, contact information must be included with the letter. If the Town cannot verify the identity of the person, the letter will not be read. The reading will be limited to the first 400 words of the email. The reader is not required to read aloud any vulgarities or swearing in the reading of the letter and will make clear that what is being read are the opinions of the author of the letter/email and not those of the one reading the text or the Board.