Select Board

Select Board 2018The members of the Select Board are the chief elected authority for the town and constitute a three-member Board.  Each member serves a three-year term with one member elected annually.

The Board has several responsibilities under State statute including, but not limited to, the power to prepare the town meeting warrant or agenda, appointments to town boards and offices, employment of professional administrative staff and town counsel, the power to sign warrants for the payment of town bills and the authority to grant licenses and permits. 

In addition the Board sets policy and strategic direction, develops the annual town budget, coordinates the activities of other boards, and hears appeals and resolves problems that have not been settled at lower levels. The Board works with its Town Administrator who oversees the day-to-day operation of the Town under the Board’s direction.

Chain of Authority

In the event of an emergency where none of the select board members are available, the chain of authority would next pass to the chair of the finance committee and then the chair of the planning board. (Copied from the Select Board minutes dated September 14, 2009).


Name Title Term
Steven Gougeon Vice Chair 2024
Todd Olanyk Chair 2026
Tom Carter   2025


Every other Monday at 7:00 PM in Town Hall except for Holidays. 

The Board also meets as needed from time-to-time at Town Hall.  All scheduled meetings and agendas are posted as required by state law on the posting board and in the online town calendar. 

Minutes & Agendas

Current and past Select Board minutes and agendas are found in the Board's "Minutes & Agenda" online folder.  If you would like to have something added to the Board's agenda, please contact the town administrator ( or 413-628-4441 x7) by 3:00 on the Wednesday before the Board meets.


Employment Opportunities

For employment opportunities and possible job postings for the Town of Ashfield visit the town's employment page.