Local Government

New Britain has several elected positions as well as several boards and commissions that are made up of elected officials as well as appointed citizens. Below is a short list of all the elected positions and boards and commissions as well as a brief description of each one.

If you are interested in serving as an elected official please see our “Becoming a Candidate” page. If you would like to serve on a Board or Commission please contact Town Committee Chairman using our contact page for more information.

Office of the Mayor

The Mayor of New Britain is a full time elected position that carries a salary and benefits. The mayor is elected every two years for a term of two years. There are no limits on how many terms a person can serve as mayor.

The Common Council

The common council is a fifteen seat legislative body made up of two different groups of alderman. Aldermen at Large who run on a city wide basis and are elected by the city as a whole and Aldermen per Ward who are elected based on the geographical Wards that the city is divided into. There are five Aldermen at Large seats and each Ward has two Alderman seats for a total of 15 alderman. Regardless of whether they are elected at large or from a ward  all alderman have an equal voice on the council and may serve in any capacity on the subcommittees or other seats held by aldermen. Additionally, all alderman receive the same annual stipend.

The Board of Education

The Board of Education is a ten seat board that oversees the school system for New Britain. They are responsible for the approval of new hires as well as Board of Education policy and the preparation of the annual education budget, based on state and local contributions. While they are involved in the overall operation of the school system they are not employees, they receive no compensation for their service. The day to day operations of the educational system are overseen by the Superintendent of Schools, a salaried position which is filled by the Board of Education.

Board members are elected for a term of four years and elections are held for half the seat of the Board every two years. This ensures that half the Board is constantly made up of veteran members. Also, unlike the common council, minority party representation is always visible on the Board of Education. This is due to the fact that each party may only nominate three candidates for the five open seats, the seats going to the highest five vote getters regardless of party.

Tax Collector

This elected position is responsible for the collection of taxes within the City of New Britain and serves a two year term. The office of the tax collection or also responsible for the preparation of all tax bills within the city.

Boards and Commissions

The following is a list of Boards and Commissions within New Britain. For information on meeting times or about each specific commission please visit the city website.

  • Arts Commission
  • Board of Finance & Taxation
  • Board of Fire Commissioners
  • Board of Health
  • Board of Police Commissioners
  • Board of Public Works
  • Board of Water Commissioners
  • Building Commission
  • Commission on Community & Neighborhood Development
  • City Plan Commission
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Commission on Aging
  • Commission on Persons w/Disabilities
  • Commission on Youth & Family Services
  • Conservation Commission
  • Ethics Commission
  • Fairview Cemetery Commission
  • Housing Authority
  • Housing Board of Appeals
  • Human Rights & Opportunities
  • Municipal Economic Development Agency
  • Ordinance Appeals Board
  • Parking Commission
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Veterans Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals