Town Manager

Overview of Duties


Bow has functioned as a Board of Selectmen/Town Manager form of government since 1980. The Town Manager is appointed by a majority of the Board of Selectmen to function as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the Town, responsible for the proper administration of all the departments of town government. The Town Manager serves at the pleasure of the Board of Selectmen.

The Town Manager carries out policy decisions of the Board of Selectmen; oversees all property, real and personal, owned by the Town; keeps the Board of Selectmen informed of the Town's needs and ongoing conditions; and make reports as may be required by law, requested by the Board, or judged necessary by the Manager. The Town Manager takes part in all discussions which come before the Board of Selectmen, but acts in a non-voting advisory capacity.

As Chief Executive for the Town, the Town Manager is the responsible supervisor for all department heads, and acts to appoint, suspend, remove, or discipline all municipal employees in the administrative service of the Town. On an annual basis, the Town Manager provides to the Board of Selectmen an Operating Budget, a Budget Statement. These documents outline the immediate and longer range financial and project plans for the Town.


About the Town Manager


David L. Stack was appointed as Town Manager in 2010. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Keene State College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire. 

Mr. Stack is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Municipal Management Association of New Hampshire (MMANH). He served as MMANH President in 1999. He has served as member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Municipal Association since 2016.

You may follow him on Twitter @BowManager