The powers and duties of selectmen in MA in general are found at MA Gen. Laws Chapter 41 Section 20 et seq
. There are other chapters that have a law here and there that may provide a duty, but these are the bulk of the laws. The rest of the explanation of powers and duties is in a book called Handbook for MA Selectmen
and it is not available online, you have to get it from your local library or you would have to order it online. This handbook breaks down most all of the duties beyond what is cited in the MA General Laws, such as daily operations and functions.
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