About Medfield Town Government

An Overview of Medfield's Form of Government

Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator

Medfield's Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator form of government was created through the Town Charter. 

An elected 3-member Board of Selectmen meets throughout the year to make policy and oversee the operations of the Town government.

Day-to-day administration of the Town of Medfield is provided by a full-time professional Town Administrator appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The municipal department and division heads report to the Town Administrator. 

Town Meeting

The legislative function is performed by an Open Town Meeting that meets at least annually to appropriate funds, revise local bylaws, and make other decisions as needed. The quorum for the Open Town Meeting is 250 registered voters. The Town Meeting form of government is used only in New England. 

Citizens Guide to Town Meetings for more information.


The 5 member elected Planning Board is the steward of the Townwide Master Plan, the Zoning By-law and Subdivision Rules and Regulations. The Planning Department is staffed by a professional planner who manages the day-to-day planning work and provides technical information to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Town Clerk

The Town Clerk is responsible for the public records of the town, as well as managing elections and handling marriage licenses, dog licenses and other vital records.


A 5 person elected School Committee and a Superintendent appointed by the School Committee administer local school affairs. Medfield Public Schools include 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and Medfield High School.

Public Library

The Medfield Library Trustees oversee library operations.

Other Boards & Committees

Numerous citizen volunteers are elected or appointed to a variety of other commissions, boards, and committees. The webpage for each group contains information about its Charge, membership, public meeting schedule and links to meeting minutes. See the Meeting and Events Calendar for upcoming meetings with agendas.