Why the Select Board?

The Select Board is composed of 3 members who are elected for 3-year terms. As the Chief Elected and Executive Officers of the Town, the Select Board is vested with all the municipal authority not specifically retained by the Town’s legislative body, Town Meeting, or other elected boards. The Select Board acts as Police Commissioner, appoints the Town Administrator and members of most official boards and commissions, adopts Town administrative policies, enforces Town Bylaws and regulations, holds public hearings on important Town issues, and serves the Town through other duties and responsibilities.

As a current member and past chair of the Hingham Select Board, Joe Fisher advocates for the best interests of Hingham residents on a regular basis. Building on his long-term commitment to making Hingham a community that we can all be proud of, Joe brings his energy and expertise to the Select Board. Joe works every day to assure that the Town is run with fiscal prudence, integrity and social responsibility.


Joe and his wife Laura have resided in Hingham since 1992. Laura owns and manages GettiGear, an active and athleisure wear boutique located at Merchants Row in Hanover, MA. They are the proud parents of Rebecca and Benjamin, both graduates of Hingham High School. In 2022 Rebecca joyfully married Max Resnick. Joe’s mother, Millie, a former school teacher and administrator at Philadelphia and Lower Merion schools, resides in Sarasota and at Linden Ponds in Hingham.

Experience and Qualifications


  • Current member and past chair, Hingham Select Board
  • Past Chair, Hingham Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Past Chair, Hingham Conservation Commission
  • Past Member, Long Range Waste Disposal and Recycling Committee (now known as Cleaner Greener Hingham)


  • Appointed Arbitrator, Legal Fee Arbitration Board of the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Past Vice Chair and Hingham representative, Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Redevelopment of the Former South Weymouth Naval Air Station


  • Past President, Board of Trustees, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, Hingham, MA
  • Past President, Board of Trustees, Old Colony Montessori School, Hingham, MA
  • Past President, Board of Directors, The Ronald McDonald House, Washington, DC
  • Founding Board Member, Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, Hingham and Norwell, MA


  • J.D., Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


  • President, The Notice Company, Inc., Hingham, MA
  • Attorney, Fisher Law Offices, Hingham, MA
  • Senior Vice President and General Counsel , Financial Protection Services, Inc., Springfield, VA; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA
  • Lawyer, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.


  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Economics , University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Adjunct Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law
  • Teaching Fellow, Yale University Department Of Economics

Contact Joe

Joe’s email at Town Hall is FisherJ@hingham-ma.gov

The Select Board’s phone number is 781-741-1451.