The Hope Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hope Town Office on Article 4 of the 2010 annual town meeting warrant.

Article 4 will be voted on by secret ballot on Tuesday, June 8 at the polls. Article 4 asks voters whether they want to change the term and method of selection of the Hope road commissioner from being elected for a three-year term to being appointed annually by the selectmen, effective as of the 2011 annual town meeting.

As it works now, an elected road commissioner hires his own company and they are considered town employees and the town pays wages, Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax and worker’s compensation costs, all without a hiring process that includes background checks and drug testing.

According to state statute 23 M.R.S.A. § 2701, if the position is changed to appointed the commissioner will serve “under the direction of a majority of selectmen.”

“Any decision involving the duties and responsibilities of the road commissioner shall be made by a majority of the board of selectmen,” according to the statute.

Town officials said they hope voters will approve the change, which will enable the road commissioner and town government to have a closer working relationship.