The Legal Department provides cost-effective legal services in the form of legal advice, opinions and document and contract review to the Town through:

  • The Board of Selectmen
  • Boards and commissions
  • Department heads
  • Town Manager
  • Town officials

The Legal Department also advises department heads on a daily basis on legal questions that arise in their departments, in a proactive effort to avoid litigation expenses for the Town through early intervention. The issues in which the in-house Legal Department is involved cover a broad range of areas of expertise and arise in an often fast-paced context.

While a lot of our work goes on behind the scenes, the litigation matters handled by the Legal Department serve as visible examples of what is being accomplished for the Town. The Legal Department handles most of the litigation matters that are brought by and against the Town. The Town itself initiates very few cases in court, and these cases are undertaken at the direction of the Board of Selectmen.