The five member Selectboard is the Town’s chief elected body responsible for the overall management of Town government. Selectboard members are elected in March for two or three year terms. Manchester operates under a Selectboard-Town Manager form of government, whereby the elected Selectboard serves as the Town’s chief elected legislative body and the Town Manager reports to the Selectboard and acts as the municipality’s chief administrative officer. Under this system of government, the Selectboard sets policy and the Town Manager implements policy and oversees the day-to-day operations of town government. The Selectboard also serves as the Board of Sewer Commissioners.
The Manchester Selectboard is well-regarded for its fiscal restraint, independence and ability to collectively make tough decisions that protect the taxpayers and provide for efficient and effective government. The guiding principle of the Board is that government should tax for what it needs, not what it wants. The Board’s hard work is reflected in the fact that the Town of Manchester has one of the lowest municipal tax rate in the State of Vermont.
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Please direct questions about agendas and meetings to the Office of the Town Manager at (802) 362-1313 (option 2) or Town Manager John O’Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Document Center to view the Selectboard’s internal Rules.
Current Selectboard members are:
Ivan C. Beattie, chair (term expires 2017)
First elected in 1984, Ivan has thirty years of continuous service as a Selectboard member. Prior to serving on the Selectboard, Ivan served as the Chair of the Planning Commission. A graduate of Vermont Technical College, Ivan previously worked in the aerospace industry.
Ivan currently owns and operates East of Equinox Farm, a premiere Morgan horse farm, in Manchester. Equinox Morgans are known worldwide and Ivan was inducted into the Morgan Horse Hall of Fame in 2005. Ivan was honored as the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Person of the Year in 1994. He is a past Chairman of the Board of First Vermont Bank and Chairman of the Board of TD Banknorth Vermont. He was named Banknorth Director of the Year in 1999. He has also served as President of the Bennington County Farm Bureau, President of the Vermont Morgan Horse Association, and Director of the New England Morgan Horse Association. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Manchester Board of Water Commissioners. He lives with his wife Jennifer and has three adult children and grandchildren. Ivan’s family has lived in Manchester for seven generations.
Wayne E. Bell, vice-chair (term expires 2018)
First elected in 2000, Wayne currently teaches graduate education courses through the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative and Castleton University. He also consults teachers, schools and districts around middle level education issues. He taught English at Mount Anthony Union Middle School in Bennington for 16 years and was named the Vermont humanities teacher of the year in 2013. He is active in community affairs throughout Bennington County. Wayne was a well known Manchester restaurateur for many years, operating Ye Olde Tavern in the early 1980’s, and The Quality Restaurant on Main Street for over 16 years. In 2007 he was the Grand Marshal for the Bennington County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Rev. Fr. Bell is an ordained Ecumenical Minister and Celtic Catholic priest whose pastoral work supports the Neartu le Cara (Caring Friends) Community and the Neartu Giving Fund.
Wayne has served as a Justice of the Peace since 1981 performing officiant and master of ceremony duties for public and private events, weddings, and other celebratory and solemn occasions. Wayne sits on court diversion panels for the Bennington County Center for Restorative Justice. He attended the United States Air Force Academy and is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst. Wayne lives in Manchester with his wife Tara Dowden, a vice president and certified financial planner with Stifel Nicolaus and Company. They have three adult sons, a menagerie of chickens, sheep, fish, rabbits and their Jack Russell terriers.
Gregory T. Cutler (term expires 2018)
Greg was elected to the Selectboard in 2016. He first visited the Manchester area in 1977 and after multiple visits annually, he and his family finally purchased a home and moved to Manchester in 2009. Greg is a licensed Vermont Realtor and a professional Voice Actor. He has a background in nonprofit management, sales, marketing, social media management and broadcasting having worked at top New England radio stations during the 1980’s and early 90’s. Greg attended Emerson College in Boston and the Northeast Broadcasting School. He is the co-founder and former chairman of AbilityPLUS Inc. and nonprofit adaptive skiing and recreation organization.
First elected to the Selectboard in 2001, Carol graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York with a Bachelors degree in English and education. Before moving to Manchester in 1972, she work in human resources in New York City. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Manchester.
Carol lives in Manchester with her toy poodle, Coco. She has three adult daughters, Lisa, Cristina and Danielle. When she is not busy with work or the Selectboard she is hard at work restoring her purple antique Victorian house or babysitting her grandson.
Steven A. Nichols (term expires 2019)
Steve is a 1979 graduate of Burr and Burr Academy in Manchester and earned an associates degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He also graduated from the Walt Disney World of Food. Before moving back to Manchester Steve worked for the Marriott Hotel Corporation in West Virginia as director of catering where he was a recipient of the Marriott International Tieffel Award of Excellence.
While living in West Virginia Steve was an active board member of several not-for-profits and government tourism advisory boards including the West Virginia Society of Associate Executives and United Way Board of Directors. He founded the Marshall University Culinary School and was an executive chef instructor for the West Virginia Culinary competition at the Greenbrier Resort. Steve was a recipient of West Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Expect the Best” Award. He is currently employed as a manager at Maplefield’s in Manchester. Steve enjoys gardening, cooking, camping and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.