Location:
MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES; MUNICIPALITIES;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


July 18, 2012

 

2012-R-0301

MUNICIPAL OFFICERS, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, DEPARTMENTS, AND AGENCIES

By: Rute Pinho, Associate Analyst

You asked us for a list of municipal officers, boards, commissions, departments, and agencies required or allowed by law.

A search of the statutes shows at least 133 required and optional municipal officers and entities, which we have grouped into three tables: (1) officers, (2) boards and commissions, and (3) departments, agencies, and authorities.

This is not an exhaustive list of all possible municipal officials and entities. Municipalities operating under a home rule charter may also have any officers, boards, commissions, departments, and agencies “which are necessary to carry out any municipal powers, duties or responsibilities under the general statutes” (CGS 7-193(b)).

Towns can also establish a wide variety of regional entities with responsibilities for specific municipal functions. OLR Report 2010-R-0072 describes these entities and their responsibilities and powers.

Table 1: Municipal Officers

Officer

CGS

Comment

Required

Registrar of vital statistics

7-37

Town clerk is the ex officio registrar of vital statistics

Municipal agent for elderly persons

7-127b

 

Chief executive officer

7-193

In towns with a home rule charter

Police matron

7-286

Required in towns over 20,000

Independent auditor

7-392

 

Justices of the peace

9-183a

 

Selectmen

9-185, 188

 

Town clerk

9-185, 189

 

Treasurer

9-185, 189

 

Tax collector

9-185, 189

 

Registrar of voters

9-185, 190

 

Constables

9-185, 200

 

First selectman

9-188

 

Deputy registrar

9-192

 

Library directors

9-207

Required in towns after establishing a library

Election moderators

9-229

 

Superintendent of schools

10-157

 

School medical advisor

10-205

Required in towns over 10,000

School nurse or nurse practitioner

10-212

 

Safe school climate coordinator

10-222k

Required in each school district

Safe school climate specialist

10-22k

Required in each school

Health director

19a-200 (a)

 

Sanitarian

19a-200 (b)

Health director may be sanitarian

Animal control officer

22-331

 

Tree warden

23-58

 

Civil preparedness director

28-7 (b)

May be a regional director

Building official

29-260

 

Local fire marshal

29-297

 

Sealer of weights and measures

43-6

Required in towns over 75,000

Optional

Assistant town clerk

7-19

 

Acting town clerk

7-20

 

Town clerk pro tempore

7-21

 

Assistant registrars of vital statistics

7-38

 

Special constables

7-92

 

Town manager

7-98

 

Deputy city or town manager

7-99a

 

Assistants to deputy city or town manager

7-99a

 

Assessors

7-100k

 

Municipal agent for children

7-127c

 

Assistant municipal agents for children

7-127c

 

Municipal historian

7-148 (b) (5) (D)

 

Lake patrolmen

7-151b

Appointed by the energy and environmental protection commissioner

Parking violation hearing officers

7-152b

 

Citation hearing officers

7-152c

 

Police officers

7-274

 

Firefighters

7-301

 

Fire police officers

7-313a

 

Zoning enforcement officer

8-3

 

Assistant registrar of voters

9-192

 

School attendance officer

10-199

 

Harbor master

15-1

 

Constables for fish and game protection

26-6a

 

Deputy fire marshal

29-297

 

Fence viewer

47-44

 

Borough bailiff

52-50

 

Table 2: Municipal Boards and Commissions

Board or Commission

CGS

Comment

Required

Zoning board of appeals

8-5

Required in towns with a zoning commission

Board for admission of electors

9-15a

 

Board of assessment appeals

9-199

 

Board of education

9-203

 

School readiness council

10-16r

Required for state school readiness grant

Teacher professional development committee

10-220a

 

Safe school climate committee

10-222k

 

School governance council

10-223e, as amended by PA 12-116

Required for each low-achieving school

School turnaround committee

PA 12-116, 19

Required for commissioner's network school

Library board of trustees

11-21

Required in towns that have established a library

Board of appeals for building official decisions

26-266

 

Optional

Board of assessors of clerical or other assistance

7-100k

 

Commission on aging

7-127b

 

Public recreational facilities commission

7-130c

May be a regional entity

Forest commission

7-131

 

Shade tree commission

7-131

 

Conservation commission

7-131a

 

Conservation and recreational commission

7-131m

 

Economic development commission

7-136

 

Foreign trade zone agency or board

7-136d

 

Municipal development and industrial commission

7-137a

May be a regional entity

Historic district commission

7-147c

 

Historic properties commission

7-147r

 

Fair rent commission

7-148b

 

Fair housing commission

7-148g

 

Ethics commission

7-148h

 

Discriminatory practices board

7-148i

 

Charter commission

7-190

 

Charter revision commission

7-190

In towns with a home rule charter

Home rule ordinance revision commission

7-190

In towns with a home rule ordinance

Consolidation commission

7-197

 

Board of gas, electrical, or gas and electrical commissioners

7-216

Only in towns that have established a gas or electric plant

Cooperative utility board

7-233c

May be a regional entity

Transit district board of directors

7-273b

May be a regional entity

Board of police commissioners

7-274; 9-201

 

Board of fire commissioners

7-301

 

Board of commissioners of special services district

7-339q

 

Board of finance

7-340, 9-202

 

Civil service board

7-408

 

Personnel appeals board

7-422

 

Zoning commission

8-1

 

Combined planning and zoning commission

8-4a

 

Planning commission

8-19

 

School safety committee

10-220f

 

Indoor air quality committee

10-231f

 

Aviation commission

15-80

 

Board of appeals for airport zoning regulations

15-94

 

Harbor management commission

22a-113k

 

Flood and erosion control board

25-84

 

Shellfish commission

26-257a

May be a regional entity

Veterans' advisory committee

27-135

May be a regional entity

Energy improvement district board

32-80a

 

Table 3: Municipal Departments, Agencies and Authorities

Department, Agency, or Authority

CGS

Comment

Required

Traffic authority

14-297

 

Inland wetlands agency

22a-42

 

Health department

19a-200

May be a regional entity

Aquifer protection agency

22a-354o

Required in towns in which an aquifer protection area is located

Civil preparedness organization

28-7

May be a regional entity

Optional

Public recreational facilities authority

7-130a

 

Land acquisition and development authority

7-131p

 

Lake authority

7-151a

 

Municipal authority to develop or redevelop a single parcel

7-163d

 

Parking authority or division

7-203

 

Water pollution control authority

7-246; 22a-458

May be required in certain towns

Municipal resource recovery authority

7-273aa

 

Police department

7-274

 

Fire department

7-301

 

Volunteer fire department

7-314

 

Port authority

7-329a

 

Housing authority

8-40

 

Redevelopment agency

8-126

 

Community development agency

8-169d

 

Urban homesteading agency

8-169q

 

Development agency

8-188

 

Housing site development agency

8-216b

 

Urban rehabilitation agency

8-292

 

Harbor improvement agency

13b-56

 

Human resource development agency

17b-852, 8-210

 

Stormwater authority

22a-498

Allowed only in select towns

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