The Unified Manager position is non-political, and as such, must be filled based upon the qualifications of the applicant and without reference to his or her political beliefs. The Manager is appointed by and is directly responsible to the Board of Selectmen. The Manager has the responsibility to hire and dismiss staff. The Manager plans, organizes, coordinates and administers the daily functions of Essex municipal government. In addition, the town manager does not have to be a resident of the town for which he or she is appointed.