The main responsibility of the Moderator is to be the presiding officer at town meetings. Our proceedings are governed by Town Meeting Time, a Handbook of Parliamentary Law.

As the presiding officer and by statute, the moderator decides all questions of order and makes public declaration of all votes. The Moderator serves a three-year term.

The other very important responsibility of the Moderator is the appointment of the Finance Committee (FinCom). In our community, the FinCom consists of 7 members with three-year terms that expire in a rotation such that approximately one-third of the board's terms expire annually.