Town Manager

Overview of Duties

In 1980, the voters of the Town of Bow adopted the provisions of NH RSA Chapter 37, creating the position of Town Manager. 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 Town departments. 

As Chief Executive for the Town, the Town Manager is responsible for the supervision of all department heads, and acts to appoint, discipline, or remove all municipal employees in the service of the Town. On an annual basis, the Town Manager provides the Board of Selectmen with an annual budget, including proposed expenditures and estimated revenues. This document outlines the immediate and long range financial and capital project plans for the Town.

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.

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 and he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Municipal Association since 2016.

In 2021 the Board created the Governance Committee, this committee was charged to research alternative forms of government. The committee has completed their study and you can read the full report here.

The Governance Committee completed a survey as a part of the above report. You can view the full survey results here

You may follow him on Twitter @BowManager