Information for Appointed/Elected Officials

Guide for Members of Public Boards and Commissions

Upon each appointment / reappointment Board and Committee Members are required to acknowledge receipt of the Open Meeting and State Conflict of Interest Laws within two (2) weeks. All requirements will be reviewed with you when you are sworn in and you will be presented with the necessary compliance documents at that time.

State Ethics / Conflict of Interest Law
Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009 requires that you acknowledge receipt of the summary of the Conflict of Interest Law within two weeks of appointment or re-appointment. You are also required to complete an Online Conflict of Interest course and submit the Certificate of Completion to the Town Clerk within 30 days of your appointment.

Conflict of Interest Law Summary

Annual Distribution
You must ANNUALLY also acknowledge receipt of the summary. The annual distribution is done each fall via email and for your convenience all you must do is reply RECEIVED to that email to be in compliance.

Mandatory Education & Training Requirements
In addition, the State Ethics Law imposes mandatory education and training requirements on public employers and public employees. Under the law the term “employee” includes full and part-time municipal employees as well as elected officials, committee and board appointees.

Online Training Program & Certificate of Completion
You must complete and have on file with the Town Clerk a current online training certificate. Certificates are only valid for 2 years and therefor the online training requirement must be completed every other year.

The link to access the program is:

Please note we can NOT accept blank training certificates – your name MUST appear on it. See page 2 of the Summary of Mandatory Ethics Requirements for additional information in regards to the computer settings (you must use Internet Explorer and have pop up blockers turned off for it to work correctly) for the test as well as other helpful instructions.

For more information please visit the Ethics Commissions website:

Opening Meeting Law
MGL Chapter 30A, §20(h) requires that you acknowledge receipt of the following three (3) Open Meeting Law materials within two weeks of appointment or re-appointment.   

Open Meeting law effective January 2018

Open Meeting law MGL c. 30A, Section 18-25

Open Meeting Regulations 950 CMR 32.00

Open Meeting Law Training Videos – Available by the Office of the Attorney General

Open Meeting Law Certificate of Receipt - MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED to the Town Clerk's office. 

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact the Town Clerk's office at (781) 767-4314 or


Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Pamela Solis (781) 353-5562