About 10 percent of Brookline’s registered voters elect five volunteer selectmen to act as the executive board of the town and as the police and fire commissioners. Although nominally in charge of town affairs, they delegate day-to-day management to a well-paid town administrator ($214,000 annual salary) overseeing 25 department heads. Two-hundred-forty elected Town Meeting members meet twice a year to vote on a $300 million annual budget and other issues with the advice of a 30-member […]

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