Saturday - June 8, 2019
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association is hosting a leadership conference for newly elected and veteran selectmen on Saturday, June 8.

Topics will include the open meeting and public records laws, municipal finance, dealing with difficult people, social media, and an inspiring keynote presentation on leadership.

The training will break into two tracks for the varying experience levels of attendees.

The meeting will include a networking breakfast and lunch. The cost is $35.


8 a.m.
Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
Main Ballroom

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Jim Lovejoy, Mount Washington Select Board Member and President, Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association
Main Ballroom

8:45 a.m.
MMA Legislative Update
Geoff Beckwith, MMA Executive Director
Main Ballroom

9:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Selectman Life As We Know It
MSA Board of Directors

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
Breakout Session A: Municipal Finance 101
Municipal finance is one of the most important aspects of the job for selectmen in Massachusetts. Come prepared to learn budgeting basics, that free cash isn’t really free, and the importance of your town’s finance committee.
Sandy Pooler, Deputy Town Manager, Arlington
Moderator: Ira Miller, President, ATFC and Sharon Finance Committee Member
Main Ballroom

Breakout Session B:
You’re Only One Vote: Building Consensus on Your Board and Beyond
Building consensus is a key skill in municipal management. Do you know all of the players and how can you cross the aisle to get other perspectives and stakeholders to see your perspective? Learn how you can build consensus with fellow board members, your town manager, department heads, and the community in order to achieve your goals.
Barry Del Castilho, Select Board Member, Buckland
Josh Ostroff, Former Natick Selectman
Moderator: Michael Bettencourt, Selectman, Winchester
Junior Ballroom

11:45 a.m.

11:55 a.m.
Breakout Session C: Introduction to Open Meeting/Public Records Law
The Massachusetts Open Meeting and Public Records Laws are critical to understanding your role as a public servant. The Open Meeting Law pertains to how you can communicate with your fellow board members, town employees, and even community residents. The Public Records Law can affect your email accounts, social media, and any documentation you could be preparing for a board meeting, public hearing, etc. Having a working knowledge of both of these laws is critical as a select board member in Massachusetts.
Lauren Goldberg, Partner, KP Law
Moderator: Paul DeRensis, Selectman, Sherborn
Solarium Ballroom

Breakout Session D: Shared Services: Your Guide to Cooperation Across Town Lines
Regionalization and shared services are more than just a ‘best practice’. Take theory to practice with experts from the state and local levels on how to implement shared services in your town. In this session, communities will identify actual models of shared services that have enhanced their communities effectiveness and efficiency across different realms of municipal government.
Tara Lynch, Senior Project Manager, Division of Local Services/Technical Assistance Bureau
Christopher Senior, Town Manager, Cohasset
Moderator: Bill Keegan, Town Manager, Foxborough
Solarium Ballroom

1 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote Presentation: Education and Local Leadership
Senator Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex District

2 p.m.

Sharon Community Center, Sharon

MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams
Massachusetts Selectmen's Association