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.
View Selectboard minutes and documents from 2014 to 2016 and upcoming schedule of meetings. Click here to view Selectboard minutes and documents from 2017 to the present). Click here to view the Rules of the Selectboard.
Legal Disclaimer: All board and commission minutes posted on this website are unofficial and uncorrected and are for informational purposes only. Official copies of minutes may be obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.
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 email@example.com.
Current Selectboard members are:
Ivan C. Beattie, chair (term expires 2020)
First elected in 1984, Ivan has over 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)
Wayne has served as a Justice of the Peace since 1982 adjudicating tax and appraisal disputes and performing officiant and master of ceremony duties for public and private events, weddings, and other celebratory and solemn occasions. Rev. Fr. Bell is an ordained Ecumenical Interfaith Minister and Celtic Catholic Christian priest whose pastoral work supports the Neartu le Cara Community and Giving Fund. Wayne sits on court diversion panels for the Bennington County Center for Restorative Justice. He was first elected to the Manchester Selectboard in 2000 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair.
He was the Vermont Humanities Council’s Educator of the Year in 2013. Wayne is has taught graduate courses for teacher certification through the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative and also taught English at Mount Anthony Union Middle School in Bennington and is active in community affairs throughout Bennington County. He was also an instructor for the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative teaching middle level certification graduate courses through Castleton University.
He 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 and currently with his wife hosts gatherings at Seamus O’Dowden’s Public House and Shebeen. He attended the United States Air Force Academy and is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst with additional graduate work at Castleton University and Trinity College.
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; Michael, Matthew, and Nicholas, two granddaughters, Hazel Sea and Maizy Wynter Bell, two Jack Russell Terriers, Sean Patrick and Seamus Riley, an assortment of Araucana chicken, rabbits, fish and three Blackface Mountain ewes, Clodagh, Roisin and Fiona.
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.
Here in Manchester, Greg is very active in the community. In addition to being on the Selectboard, he has served on the boards of Design and Development Review in Manchester, the Dorset VT Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Youth Baseball. Greg has also coached Manchester Parks & Recreation Youth Basketball and Manchester Youth Baseball. An avid guitar player and snowboarder, Greg thoroughly enjoys life in southern VT.
Jan Nolan (term expires 2019)
First elected to the Selectboard in 2017, Jan lives in Manchester with her husband, Rob Lemonik, and have six adult children between them: Jennifer, Jessica, Jon, Julie, Ashley, and Stephanie. Jan is a familiar face and enthusiastic volunteer in the Manchester community. She currently works as a Procurement Specialist at Mack Molding.
Jan graduated from the University of Michigan, spent twenty years in the airline industry, and raised her family. She has also worked in Manchester hospitality, home health care, and volunteered in the community. She worked on the Manchester School Fund in response to Act 60, and on the Prudential Committee of the First Baptist Church. She currently serves on the Battenkill Valley Health Center Board.
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 in the hospitality sector in Manchester. Steve enjoys gardening, cooking, camping and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.