The Town of Durham has a Selectmen-Town Meeting form of government. The First Selectman is the Chief Elected Official and chairman of a three-member Board of Selectman, who collectively serve as the executive branch. The Town Meeting is the legislative body and is comprised of all residents who are registered voters or who own property assessed at $1,000 or more. The Town of Durham is a chartered municipality and enjoys home rule authority as provided by the Connecticut General Statutes. There are also numerous other specialized boards and commissions of elected or appointed residents who participate in governing our community.