Fairfield operates with three main branches of government: The Executive branch, comprised of the three member Board of Selectmen, elected every four years, with the First Selectman, the highest elected official, acting as the town's chief executive officer in charge of the administration of all town operations. The town’s Legislative branch is the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) comprised of ten voting districts with four representatives elected per district every two years. Finally, the Board of Finance is charged with overseeing the town’s financial interests and policies. Members of the Board of Finance are elected every six years, with staggered terms.
There are many other boards and commissions that oversee such important areas as Education, Zoning, Parks & Recreation and Conservation - just to name a few.
Our Town's form of government, and much more is outlined in the governing document, the Charter.
The Town Charter and all town ordinances, rules and regulations have been approved, adopted, ordained and enacted and are codified and consolidated into titles, chapters and sections in the Town Code.
Form of Government
The executive branch of Fairfield’s town government consists of a three-member Board of Selectmen with the First Selectman being the town’s highest-ranking official. The legislative body in town is the 40-member Representative Town Meeting (RTM). Town residents are divided into ten districts and voters in each district elect five RTM members who vote on their behalf.
A variety of elected and appointed Boards and Commissions meet regularly to make rules and decisions that govern the town departments. Boards and Commissions also dictate many other things around town, among them beach, dump, and parking fees; placement of road signs; how land, water, and facilities can be utilized; and what programs that affect the town will be enacted.
Town citizens have plenty of opportunity to get involved. A number of Advisory Committees, Coalitions and Task Forces, comprised of appointed volunteers, meet, research, and attempt to find solutions to topics that affect town life, then present their findings and solutions to town boards and/or officials for further action.
Please visit the Government section of our website for more detailed information.
Old Town Hall (Directions)
611 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Sullivan Independence Hall
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
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