Weymouth operates a mayor-council form of government. The Mayor is the Town’s chief executive officer, and the Town Council is the primary legislative body. Prior to 1999, Weymouth held the distinction of having the oldest continuous town meeting form of government. Weymouth is one of fourteen communities across the state that has applied for, and been granted, a city form of government but is still formally known as “The Town of”.
Mayor – Executive Branch
As the Town’s chief executive officer, the Mayor exercises general supervision and direction over all Town agenices (unless otherwise provided by law) and is responsible for the efficient administration of government and enforcement of the Town Charter and Code of Ordinances. The Mayor’s powers include preparing the Town's operating budget, managing Town-owned properties, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, executing municipal contracts, and appointing directors of Town departments and the members of local boards, commissions, and committees. The Mayor further has the authority to veto measures passed by the Town Council. The Mayor is elected by and from the community at large every four years.
Town Council – Legislative Branch
The Town Council is the Town’s legislative branch of government. It is comprised of 11 Council Members of which, five are elected as Councilors-at-Large and six are elected as District Councilors. Members are elected every two years. The Town Council passes ordinances on a broad range of issues and has the power to approve or disapprove the Mayor’s operating budget, subsequent appropriations, and loan authorizations.
The School Committee is the elected oversight body of the Weymouth Public Schools. Six members are elected every two years as Members-at-Large, and the Mayor is a member by virtue of office. The School Committee is responsible for setting school policy, hiring the Superintendent of Schools, and adopting and monitoring the annual budget for the public schools. The Superintendent manages the day-to-day operations of the system as well as the hiring of teachers and staff.