The Board of Selectmen serves as both the administrative and executive branch of the town government The Board of Selectmen’s responsibilities include formulation, evaluation and guidance of policy with regard to public service, as well as the administration of town offices, town highway maintenance, keeping of financial accounts and the appointment of administrative officers, boards and commissions.
The First Selectman, the chief administrative and executive officer of the town, is directly responsible to the Board of Selectmen, for administration and supervision of all departments, agencies and officers appointed by the Board and is responsible for the enforcement of all laws and ordinances governing the Town of Union.
The Board of Selectmen regularly meets the first and third Mondays of each month excepting legal holidays.
First Selectman – David D. Eaton, July 1, 2023-July 1, 2025 Selectman – David M. Heck, July 1, 2023-July 1, 2025 Selectman – E. John Murdock, Jr., July 1, 2023-July 1, 2025 Office Administration: Karen Johnson
Union was the last town to be settled east of the Connecticut River, largely because of its rough terrain and poor soil. In 1633, John Oldham, an adventurer from Massachusetts, obtained specimens of black lead or graphite from the Indians. During the Revolutionary War Governor Trumbull tapped this valuable resource for use at cannon foundries. On July 1, 1720 the General Assembly sold 12,500 acres to 12 proprietors for 307 pounds, comprising the area that is now Union.