The board is made up of 7 members who hold no other town office. Members are selected by an appointing committee consisting of the Town Moderator and Chairmen of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee. The length of elected term is 3 years.
The board acts as a central authority for personnel conditions, wage and salary adjustments, and job classification. It assists in the coordination of collective bargaining activities with all the organized groups, except the school staff. It reports on warrant articles involving personnel matters.