The Town of Jay operates under the Town Meeting/Select Board/Town Manager form of local government which combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a 5-member Select Board with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The Town Manager’s position is appointed by the Select Board and all other Town Department Heads report to the Manager.
The Town Manager executes the policy direction set by the Select Board through the management of five departments – Police, Fire, Public Works (highway and transfer station), Sewer, and the Town Office.
Jay’s annual Town Meeting serves as its legislative body and is responsible for passing local laws/ordinances and for adopting an annual budget. Town Meeting is also where municipal officials are elected, including the Select Board and School Board. Town Meeting typically occurs in April each year with budget meetings being held in January/February. Jay’s citizens, not the Select Board, are directly responsible for adopting local laws and raising and spending tax dollars. For this reason, citizen participation is critical.