HRA is governed by an 11-member Board of Commissioners, all of whom are residents of Franklin County. Nine members are appointed by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) for five-year terms. None of the nine FRCOG appointees may be from the same town. Two commissioners are appointed by the Governor for five-year terms, or until they are replaced. The Governor’s appointees may be from any of the 26 towns in Franklin County.
The Board of Commissioners typically meets at 4:30pm on the first Monday of the month via Zoom due to the COVID Pandemic. Meetings are open to the public. All meetings are posted in the Public Notice section of this website, so please check there to confirm the date and location of meetings.
Chair: Faith Williams, Shelburne (FRCOG Appointee)
Vice Chair: Jessica Atwood, Greenfield (Governor's Appointee)
Treasurer: Leslie Brown, Erving (FRCOG Appointee)
Sharon Cottrell, Montague (FRCOG Appointee)
Michael Slowinski, Colrain (FRCOG Appointee)
Gary Fentin, Conway (FRCOG Appointee)
Michael Cucchiara, Heath (FRCOG Appointee)
Vacancies: There are currently four (4) vacant seats on the Board of Commissioners. One (1) opening for State appointment and three (3) openings for FRCOG appointees from any of the following towns: Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Hawley, Leyden, Monroe, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately.