Town Officers

Elected Office Person in Office Term Length Term Expires
Town Clerk: Laura Ann Castle 3 Years (2018)
Town Treasurer: Jenny Talke Munyak 3 Years (2018)
Selectboard Members: Terry Redfield 2 Years (2019)
  Patricia Kenyon 3 Years (2019)
  James Webber 3 Years (2018)
  Christopher Fenton 2 Years (2018)
  Herb Childress 3 Years (2020)
Road Commissioner: Bill Reed 3 Years (2018)
Listers: Sally Achey 3 Years (2018)
  Patricia Hemenway 3 Years (2019)
  Randy Kniffin 3 Years (2020)
Tax Collector: Laura Ann Castle 3 Year (2018)
Delinquent Tax Collector: Laura Ann Castle 3 Year (2018)
Justices of the Peace: Nance Dean   (2018)
Elected in November for 2 years Patricia Hemenway   (2018)
  Leslie Silver   (2018)
  Martha Heitkamp   (2018)
  Nora Rubinstein   (2018)
Town Moderator: Kimberly Mathewson 1 Year (2018)
Planning Commission: John Arsenault 3 Years (2018)
  Hilary Solomon 3 Years (2019)
  Tom Hurcomb 3 Years (2020)
Library Trustees: Diane Rosenmiller 3 Years (2020)
  Kristal Haynes Hier 3 Years (2018)
  Patricia McWilliams 3 Years (2020)
  Beth Miller 3 Years (2019)
  Alida Tarbell 3 Years (2018)
First Constable write-in TBA 2 Years (2019)
Trustee Copeland Church Fund: Daniel McKeen 1 Year (2018)
  vacant 1 Year (2018)
  vacant 1 Year (2018)
Trustee Copeland Cemetery Fund:  vacant 1 Year (2018)
   vacant 1 Year (2018)
   vacant 1 Year (2018)
Trustees of Louis Fund and other public monies: Beth Miller 3 Years (2020)
  Lois Dansereau 3 Years (2019)
  Alice Hosington 3 Years (2018)
Town Grand Juror: David Munyak  1 Year (2018)
Town Agent: to be appointed    
Town Auditors: Junita Burch Clay 3 Years (2019)
  Sarah Grimm 1 Years (2018)
  Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman 2 Years (2019)
Appointed Town Officials    
Emergency Management Director: TBA     
SWAC Representative: Glen Moyer 
Patty Kenyon (alt.)
 1 Year  (2018)
Fire Warden: James Reed 5 Years (2018)
Health Officer:  Carl Haynes 3 Years (2020)
Service Officer:  vacant  1 Year (2018)
Trustees Copeland Milk Fund: Terry Redfield 3 Years (2018)
   Rodney Tarbell 2 Years (2018)
   vacant  3 Year (2020)
Fence Viewer:  Terry Redfield
Herb Childress
Chris Fenton
1 Year (2018) 
Conservation Commission:  vacant 4 Years (2021)
   vacant 3 Years (2019)
   vacant 4 Years (2021)
   vacant 1 Years (2018)
  Elizabeth Cooper 4 Years (2018)
       
Tree Warden:   1 Year  (2018)
Representatives to the Regional Planning Commission: John Arsenault    
  Tom Hurcomb    
Representative to the Rutland Region Transportation Council   1 Year  (2018)
     
Elected School Officials    
School Directors: Clarence Haynes 3 Years (2019)
  Chris Smid 2 Years (2019)
  Sarah Haley 3 Years (2020)
  Jennelle Carr 3 Years (2018)
  Meredith Morgan 2 Years (2018)
School Moderator: Kimberly Mathewson 1 Year (2018)
School District Clerk:  Laura Ann Castle 3 Year (2018)
School Treasurer: Jenny Talke Munyak 3 Year (2018)

Who’s Who in Local Government

[excerpted from Vermont Secretary of State website]

Nearly 5000 municipal officials in our 237 towns, nine cities and 45 villages, devote their time to everything from hearing zoning disputes and writing land use plans to assessing the value of property in the town and collecting delinquent taxes. They serve for the chance to “work hard at work worth doing.” Without them, our communities would not function and our system of self government would come to a standstill.

Auditor (elected) – Review and audit all town accounts and prepare the annual town report. Should be very detail oriented. Good writing skills are a plus. 17 V.S.A. § 2649

Cemetery Commissioner (elected) – Responsible for the care and management of the town’s cemeteries. If no cemetery commissioners are elected the Selectboard fulfills this role. 18 V.S.A. § 5431 et seq

Collector of Current Taxes (elected) – Collects the taxes for the town. In many towns this function is performed by the Treasurer or Town Manager. Should be detail oriented and good with numbers. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(8)

Collector of Delinquent Taxes (elected) – Collects delinquent taxes for the town. Should be good with numbers and also able to work with people who are in difficult circumstances. Should also have thick skin. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(9)

Constable (elected) – In some towns the constable is the town’s local law enforcement officer, with all powers of search, seizure and arrest within the town. In other towns the constable only has the power to serve civil process, assist the health officer in the discharge of his or her duties, destroy unlicensed dogs, kill injured deer, remove disorderly people from town meeting, and, if the First Constable, to collect taxes, if no tax collector is elected. Should be good at de-escalating and resolving conflicts. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(7)

Conservation Commission Members (appointed) – Inventory the natural resources of a community and purchase and administer municipal lands for the purpose of conservation. 24 V.S.A. § 4502

Fence Viewers (appointed) – Three viewers are appointed by the selectboard each year. When called upon, they examine fences and other boundaries within the town. 24 V.S.A. § 871

Grand Juror (elected) – Helps to prosecute criminal offenses that occur in the town by giving information to state and local law enforcement. (Generally not a very active position.) 17 V.S.A. § 2646(10)

Health Officer (appointed) – Appointed by the Commissioner of Health to a 3-year term after recommendation by the town selectboard. Enforces the rules and regulations for the prevention and abatement of public health hazards. 18 V.S.A. § 601

Justices of the Peace (elected) – Although elected by a town, justices of the peace are actually county officers. 17 V.S.A. § 2103(10). For more information, see our Justice of the Peace handbook. The duties of justices of the peace can fall into five categories of responsibilities:

a. Elections. Justices of the peace are members of the board of civil authority (BCA). Members of the BCA serve as election officials at town elections by Australian ballot and statewide elections. Justices also are responsible for delivering absentee ballots to voters at election time.

b. Tax Abatement and Appeals. Justices of the peace sit as members of the town board for abatement of taxes to determine whether a taxpayer’s tax obligation should be forgiven under certain circumstances. Justices of the peace also serve an important role in the town’s tax appeal process. As a member of the board of civil authority, justices sit to hear and decide appeals when citizens do not agree with the final decision of the listers.

c. Marriages and Civil Unions. Justices of the peace may also solemnize marriages and may certify civil unions in Vermont.

d. Oaths and Notary. Justices of the peace may also administer oaths in all cases where an oath is required, unless a specific law makes a different provision. A justice of the peace is a notary public ex officio and has all the acknowledgment powers of a notary public. However, the justice of the peace must file with the county clerk in order to act as a notary public (but the fee is waived).

e. Magistrate. Justices of the peace may also serve as a magistrate when so commissioned by the Supreme Court.

Listers (elected) – Appraise property within the town for the purpose of property tax assessment. Should be able to be polite, yet firm, and not be oversensitive to criticism. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(5)

Moderator (elected) – Runs the Annual and Special Town/School Meeting. Should have a good sense of humor, be good at group process, and have experience following Roberts Rules of Order. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(1)

Planning Commissioners (appointed or elected) – Appointed unless town votes to elect. Duties include preparing a municipal plan, making recommendations on matters of land development, conservation, and preservation, and participating in a regional planning program. Makes site plan and subdivision permit decisions unless there is a Development Review Board in town. Should have a good working knowledge of all aspects of the town and be able to listen to many sides of an issue. 24 V.S.A. § 4323

Regional Planning Commission Representative (appointed) – Helps develop the regional plan and assess municipal land use plans. 24 V.S.A. § 4341 et seq.

Road Commissioners (elected) – Can be elected or appointed. Has no independent authority, but can assist the selectboard in overseeing town highways at the request of the board. Should have experience with town highways and be a good communicator. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(16), 17 V.S.A. § 2651

Selectboard members (elected) – General supervision and control over town, enacts ordinances, regulations and policies for town, oversees town property and personnel, prepares, presents and manages budget, oversees roads, including laying out, discontinuing and reclassifying roads. Sits as local board of health, liquor control commission and sewer commission. Should know the town well, be able to understand all sides of complex issues, and have very thick skin. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(4); 17 V.S.A. § 2649

Town Agent (elected) – The town agent used to prosecute and defend suits. The selectboard now have that authority. Thus, the Town Agent’s duty consists merely of assisting when litigation is in progress at the request of the selectboard. (Generally not a very active position.) 17 V.S.A. § 2646(11)

Town Clerk (elected) –– Records, preserves and certifies the public records of the town, issues dog, marriage, civil union and hunting and fishing licenses and motor vehicle renewals. Runs the local elections, serves as clerk of the Board of Civil Authority, and hears tax abatement requests and tax appeals. Should have the patience of a saint and be a good ambassador for the town. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(2)

Town Energy Coordinator (appointed) – Responsible for developing the town energy plan and conducting the town energy audit. 24 V.S.A. § 1131

Town Forest Fire Warden (appointed) – Appointed by the fire commissioner with the approval of the selectboard. Prevents forest fires in the town by enforcing the laws designed to prevent forest fires. 10 V.S.A. § 2641

Town Services Officer (appointed) – Appointed on or before April 15th of each year. Assists individuals within the town who require emergency food, fuel or shelter assistance when the Vermont Department of Social Welfare is not available. 33 V.S.A. § 2102 et seq.

Town Treasurer (elected) – Keeps the town and school’s accounts (unless a separate school treasurer is elected), invests money (with the approval of the legislative body,) keeps a record of the taxes voted and pays orders drawn on him or her. Should be very precise, detail oriented and good at math. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(3)

Town Tree Warden (appointed) – Plans and implements a shade tree preservation program for the purpose of shading and beautifying public places. Removes diseased, dying or dead trees which create a hazard to public safety or threaten the effectiveness of disease or insect control programs. 24 V.S.A. § 871

Trustee of Public Funds (elected) – Manages, invests and reports on real and personal property held in trust by the town. This includes cemetery trust funds. Should like investing money. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(12); 24 V.S.A. § 2431 et seq.

Trustee of Public Money (elected) – Oversees “United States Public Money” received under the Act of 1836 held by the town. (It is unlikely any Vermont town still has these funds.) 17 V.S.A. § 2646(13)