Information for Boards, Commissions and Committees

Congratulations on your election or appointment!

The Town of Oak Bluffs relies on our elected and appointed officials for much of the town's important business.  As a member of a public body, you must comply with state and local requirements. This page will give you the resources of what first steps you must do as a municipal official and link to resources and staff who can help you with any questions.

OATH OF OFFICE

Before you can attend your first meeting as an elected or appointed official, you must have an appointment letter from the appointing authority and take the oath of office. Once appointed and with your appointment letter, please see the Town Clerk, on the lower level of the Oak Bluffs Town Hall, to be sworn in.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

As a member of a board or committee, you are considered to be an "employee of a municipality" by the State Ethics Commission.  All municipal employees are required to take the Conflict of Interest Law Online Ethics Training within 30 days of beginning public service and every two years thereafter. You must submit your Completion Certificate for this training to the Assistant Town Administrator and should keep a copy for yourself.

Additionally, as per state law you will be emailed the conflict of interest law annually for your review. 

Conflict of Interest Law Online Training
Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees

OPEN MEETING LAW

The Open Meeting Law specifies that all deliberations of a public body be conducted in a meeting open to the public and includes requirements for posting of meeting notices and agendas and how to generate and approve minutes.

Within two weeks of your election or appointment or when you took the oath of office (whichever is later), you must complete a Certificate of Receipt of Open Meeting Law Materials.  Please see the links below for materials and certificate, submit this certificate to the  Assistant Town Administrator .

Materials: Attorney General's Open Meeting Law Guide

Receipt:   Certificate of receipt for Open Meeting Law Materials

OPEN MEETING LAW RESOURCES

Open Meeting Law Information
Checklist for Posting a Meeting Notice
Checklist for Entering Into Executive Session
Checklist for Creating & Approving Meeting Minutes

Reasons for Convening into Executive Session

PUBLIC RECORDS LAW

A Guide to Massachusetts Public Record law

Public Records Law - Information Sheet

TOWN'S CONDUCT POLICIES

Code of Conduct Policy

Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy

Sexual Harassment Policy