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Government

Town Charter
The charter of the Town of Amherst is the Amherst Town Government Act (PDF).

Elected Governing Bodies
Registered voters of the Town elect its:

  • Legislature
    • 254-member Representative Town Meeting
  • Chief executive officer 
    • Five-member Select Board
  • Five-member School Committee
  • Six-member Board of Library Trustees
  • Moderator of the Town Meeting
  • Other officials that are not part of Amherst Town Government

View the Town Organization Chart (PDF).

Chief Administrator
The Town’s chief administrative officer is the Town Manager. The Town Manager is appointed by the Select Board and is responsible for all Town departments, employees, and functions except the schools and libraries.

Schools and Libraries
Leadership of the schools and libraries is appointed as follows: 
  • A Superintendent of Schools is appointed by the School Committee
  • A Library Director is appointed by the Library Trustees

Boards and Committees

Town Government also includes:
  • Over 30 regulatory and advisory boards, committees, and commissions appointed by the Select Board and Town Manager
  • A Finance Committee appointed by the Moderator to advise Town Meeting on financial matters including the Budget Process (PDF)

Other Resources