Petitions and candidate consent forms for the March 6, 2018 town elections are available for pick up at the Town Clerk’s office. To get on the ballot, you must get signatures from at least one percent of the town’s registered voters (which means 18 valid signatures) and return the form  back to the Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on January 29th. For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 257-0292.

The following offices will be up for election (the current terms of all the listed incumbents expire at the March 2018 election).

Select Board

  • 3 year term now held by Josh Unruh
  • 2 year term now held by Stephen Skibniowsky

Vernon School board

  • 3 year term now held by Mike Hebert
  • 2 year term now held by Sandy Morrison

Brattleboro Union High School Board

  • 3 year term (or until withdrawal from the union becomes effective)  now held by Michael Collier

Listers

  • 3 year term now held by William Hammond

Delinquent Tax Collector

  • 1 year term now held by Marylynn Scherlin

First Constable

  • 1 year term now held by Peter Crossmon

Second Constable

  • 1 year term now held by Scott Lane

Town Moderator 

  • 1 year term now held by Timothy Arsenault

School Moderator

  • 1 year term now held by Timothy Arsenault

Town Agent

  • 1 year term  now held by Christiane Howe

Grand Juror

  • 1 year term now held by Paul Fantini

Here are descriptions, furnished by Tim, of the duties of these offices:

Selectboard Members 
General supervision and control over town; enacts ordinances, regulations, and policies for town; oversees town property and personnel; prepares, presents and manages budget; and 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

School Board:
Shall determine the educational policies of the school district. May take any action that is required for the sound administration of the school district. Shall have the possession, care, control, and management of the property of the school district, subject to the authority vested in the electorate or any school district official. 16 V.S.A. § 563

Collector of Delinquent Taxes 
Collects overdue property taxes, and schedules tax sales when appropriate (the Vermont statute citations can be Googled for additional information):

Listers 
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 
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)

Constable 
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, including Vernon , 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)

Grand Juror 
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)

Town Agent 
The town agent used to prosecute and defend suits. The selectboard now has 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)