The Town of Hardwick operates under the provisions set forth in a town voter and Vermont state legislature-approved municipal charter. In the field of municipal government, the Town of Hardwick is a Town Manager form of government.
A Town elected Selectboard hires the Town Manager. The Selectboard is the board of directors, and the manager is the Chief Executive Officer who carries out the policies established by the Selectboard, to whom the Manager is responsible. The Manager performs all duties prescribed by the Town Charter, required by the laws of the State of Vermont or by resolution of the Selectboard.
The Town Clerk is the elected officer of the town who attends to the general administration of the town. Of all the elected town officials, the Town Clerk is usually contacted by more people for more reasons and more often than any other municipal officer.