The Town Manager, serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Reading, and oversees the administration of all Town affairs and supervises Town departments that are placed in his charge. Appointed by the Board of Selectmen, it is the Town Manager's job to implement and manage all policies, programs and procedures that have been implemented by the Board and by Town Meeting.
Additionally, the Town Manager is responsible for budget preparation and implementation, hiring personnel, and negotiating labor contracts. The Town Manager is the Chief Procurement Officer and is responsible for all Town property except school property. The Town Manager also serves as the Town's Ombudsman and performs all duties in conformance with the Reading Home Rule Charter.