Town Government

bob hedlund
Mayor Hedlund's Inauguration (2016)

The Town Charter establishes a Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor is the Town’s chief executive officer, and the Town Council is its principal legislative body. We are one of fourteen communities in the Commonwealth 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 agencies, 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 property, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, executing municipal contracts, and appointing directors of Town departments and the members of Town 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.   

School Committee

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.