The Town of Camden has five Select Board members elected to staggered three-year terms. The Board meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building. The Board acts on matters of town policy throughout the year. There is time for citizen items on every agenda early at each meeting. Citizens are encouraged to attend.
The Town of Camden has adopted the town meeting-selectmen-manager form of government. Under this form of government the legislative and executive functions are divided:
The Town Meeting performs the election function and the legislative function of adopting governmental policy, levying taxes and raising and appropriating monies, authorizing the contracting of debts, etc.
The Select Board is the executive body that interprets, processes, and sets the policies of the town and chooses the course of action between town meetings, has ultimate administrative responsibility to see that the governmental policies are carried out (but must deal with administration solely through the town manager), and appoints and supervises the Town Manager.
The Town Manager executes and carries out the government and fiscal policies with guidance from the Select Board and has direct responsibility for and authority over all administrative functions. The Town Manager carries out the day to day operations of the town, acting as the Chief Administrator