Saturday - July 23, 2022
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Massachusetts Select Board Association will hold a free training for newly elected select board members on Saturday, July 23, in Devens.

Key topics will include municipal finance and budgeting, open meeting and public records laws, and collaborative decision making. A roundtable discussion will provide an opportunity to hear from veteran select board members about their experiences, followed by an open question and answer session.

The training will be targeted to newly elected members, but any select board member is welcome to attend for a refresher and an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Registration and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9 a.m., and lunch will be served. The full agenda and registration will be available at in June.

The training will be held at Devens Commons Center, 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens.

The MMA currently requires attendees of in-person events to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID (card, photo or QR code). (Religious or medical vaccine exemptions are allowed with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.) Masks are optional. These safety protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.

The Massachusetts Select Board Association will also host a series of free webinars over the summer covering more technical topics. The first of these webinars will take place on June 15, covering technology and staffing needs for virtual and hybrid public meetings.

Newly elected select board members are encouraged to share their contact information with the MMA (by email to in order to receive information about Select Board Association events.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and Networking Breakfast

9 a.m.
President’s Welcome
Michael Walsh, MSA President, Westwood Select Board Member

9:10 a.m.
You’ve Been Elected, Now What?
MSA Board of Directors

10:30 a.m.
Municipal Finance and Budgeting 101
Pamela Dukeman, Finance Director, Westwood

11:45 a.m.

12:45 p.m.
Intro to Open Meeting and Public Records Laws
Karis North, Attorney, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP

2 p.m.
Collaborative Decision Making
Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager, Arlington

3 p.m.

Devens Commons Center, 31 Andrews Parkway

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Isabelle Nichols Jenkins,
Massachusetts Select Board Association