Town Administrator

Town Administrator – Daniel Merhalski

The Town Administrator is the chief administrative officer for the Board of Selectmen and is responsible for duties assigned by them. The Town Administrator manages and coordinates administrative activities for the office of the Board of Selectmen and other departments under the control of the Board of Selectmen. The Town Administrator establishes effective working relationships with and among all town departments, boards, commissions, committees, employees, and the public.

The Town Administrator position is a part-time contracted position. Beginning August 1st, 2016, the position will become 32-hours per week, including meeting times. In August of 2017, the position will further be reduced to 24 hours per week.

Due to the variable nature of the length of meetings, and the need to remain below these thresholds including meeting times, the Town Administrator will be holding the following regular office hours beginning in August of 2016:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

While the Administrator may be in the office before and after these times, due to the above noted thresholds and the inability to predict how long meetings may last, these will be the minimum hours that the Administrator will be available in the office and he may not be available on most Tuesdays.

Please call ahead to make an appointment outside of these regular office hours, or feel free to stop by the office during these times.

About the Town Administrator

Dan Merhalski has loved working in small, rural communities for most of his professional career, including mining towns in Northern Michigan, lakeside vacation areas in New Hampshire and the island of Martha’s Vineyard. He brings twelve years of progressive experience in Planning and Community Development with him, including service in Negaunee, Michigan, Salem, Massachusetts, Farmington and Moultonborough, New Hampshire and for the Wampanoag Tribe on Martha’ Vineyard. A member of the International Town City and County Management Association, Dan holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration and History from Northern Michigan University and Salem State College, respectively. He has worked in community and economic development on projects including rehabilitation of a former air force base for business usage, mixed-use commercial and affordable housing projects and smart design of 200+ lot subdivisions in environmentally and culturally sensitive locations. He has also worked to list properties of significant historical value on the National Register of Historic Places.

He believes strongly in the call to public service and in a transparent, efficient and responsive local government. The public are always welcome to stop by his office and share their thoughts and concerns about the community and the issues of the day, or to drop him a line via e-mail.

When not working for the Town, he enjoys hiking, sailing, writing, hobby farming, horseback riding and blacksmithing. Dan his wife, Anna, and their two children live in the Oxford Hills.

He can be reached in the office at (603) 838-6376 or by e-mail at


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