The First Selectman is the Chief Executive Officer in a statutory town. A statutory town is one that has no governing charter but is governed by Connecticut State General Statutes and any ordinances passed by the town. The First Selectman is a full time paid position in New Hartford. He receives a salary which is noted as a line item in the town budget. The primary duty of the first selectman is to implement the policies of the board, and to manage the town's daily activity. The town meeting is the legislative body of the town. Elections for First Selectman and members of the Board are held every two years. The First Selectman maintains an "open door policy" and encourages residents to call or stop by at will.
In addition to the First Selectman, there are two selectmen who complete the Board of Selectmen. The number of selectmen varies from town to town. In 1915 the law provided that a town having a population of fewer than 10,000 should elect not more than three selectmen. The two Selectmen who complete the Board serve as volunteers. They do not receive any compensation for their services. They do not maintain an office at Town Hall, but can be reached by calling Town Hall (First Selectman's Office 379-3389) and leaving a message for them or they can be e-mailed using the information provided below.
(See also Board of Selectmen)