Board of Selectmen

Contact: Christopher Morris
Town Administrator
Lisa D’Orazio
Address: One North Main Road, PO Box 237, Otis, MA 01253
Phone: (413) 269-0100 ext. 103  FAX (413) 269-0104
Hours: Monday -Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meetings:  2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 7:00 PM
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Donald HawleyMay 28, 2019
Gary ThomasMay 26, 2020
William HillerChairpersonMay 22, 2018


The Board of Selectmen are the chief elected authority for the town and consist of a three-member Board. Each member serves a three-year term, with one member elected annually.

The Board has several important 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, 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.

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room at the Otis Town Hall. There are, however, additions and cancellations so please be sure to contact the Selectmen’s Office for confirmation. Meeting dates are also posted on the calendar.

Anyone wishing to add an item to the agenda must do so on the Wednesday prior to the Tuesday meeting by calling (413) 269-0100 ext. 103.

The Board of Selectmen are currently accepting applications for a new Town Administrator due to Chris Morris giving his notice. In light of hiring a new administrator, the Select Board determined at their October 24, 2017 meeting to form a Town Administrator Search Committee. This committee will have seven members, six of whom have already volunteered to serve. The seventh position will be an At Large position for a town resident who does not currently serve on a town board, commission, committee, or as a current volunteer for town services. This seventh position is to be a fresh set of eyes for the search committee. Applications for this position will be accepted through November 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Please see Lisa D’Orazio, the Selectmen’s Secretary, at the Town Hall Selectmen’s office, or email her at

or call her at (413) 269-0100 x103 if interested in either opening.