The Board of Selectmen issue the warrants for Town Meetings; initiate legislative policy by inserting articles in Town Meeting Warrants; adopt town policies; review and set fiscal guidelines for the annual operating budget and capital improvements. The Selectmen approve the Town Manager’s appointments to most official boards and commissions; hold public hearings; and oversee traffic issues, rules and regulations. The Selectmen serve as the licensing board responsible for issuing and renewing licenses including food vendor, liquor, lodging house, special events and entertainment.
The Town Manager's Office implements policy and provides management of all operational and supportive departments, excluding Treasurer/Collector, Assessor's, Town Clerk, Board of Selectmen and Comptroller/Data Processing Departments.
The Town Clerk’s office ensures accurate compliance with constantly changing State laws relative to the Town Clerk and Registrars of Voters and provides efficient and courteous service to the general public. The departments primary responsibilities are the following:
• Conduct and certify all primaries and elections
• Record and certify votes at Town Meetings
• Record, file, index and certify all documents, licenses, permits and vital statistics, such as births, marriages, deaths, business and raffle certificates, dog and sporting licenses.
• Conduct annual census
• Certify nomination papers, petition forms, residency, voter certificates and warrant articles.
The Arlington Conservation Commission is required by state and local law to protect and preserve wetlands and waterways and their surrounding areas. The Commission also protects and manages the Town’s conservation lands and natural resources.
This department oversees the computer network functions of the Town and School department.
The Legal Department provides legal representation and advice to the Town Manager, the Board of Selectmen and all other officials, departments and commissions of the Town of Arlington. The Department advises all Town boards and officials about their legal responsibilities and prerogatives. It represents the Town, its agencies and officers in all courts of various state and federal jurisdiction within Massachusetts and before state administrative agencies
The Personnel Department administers the town's classification, compensation and benefits programs in compliance with Federal and State Labor Laws, along with local collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, the Department deals with a wide variety of workplace issues and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of town services by recruiting the best employees, and reviewing and improving Departments' organizational structures.
The role of Planning and Community Development is to discern the public interest and direct compatible land development and redevelopment; anticipate needs and problems that development, or population change, or change in economic conditions may bring; and determine methods to meet the needs.
The mission of the Purchasing Department is to procure materials, equipment and services for all Town Departments to ensure proper and timely operation of all town services. The Purchasing Department's function is to obtain high quality supplies and services at the lowest possible cost, ensuring that all purchases are in compliance with state statutes and local ordinances, promoting fairness and integrity. Whenever cost effective, the Town participates in consortium bids to realize more competitive pricing due to greater combined volume. The Purchasing Department is also responsible for the disposal of surplus property.
The Arlington Retirement Board is an autonomous 5-person board whose members are active employees for the Town of Arlington and the Arlington Housing Authority who qualify for membership and retired employees who have fulfilled the requirements to be eligible to retire and have retired. The Retirement Office is responsible for processing retirement and disability applications, a monthly retiree payroll, processing of refunds and transfers of annuity savings accounts, employee estimates of potential future benefits and the accounting for expenses, member’s deductions and investment activities for the system as mandated by the Public Employees Retirement Administration Commission guidelines.