Town Officials

Except for Justices of the Peace, Town Officers are elected by ballot vote in March of each year; term lengths depend on the office and are from one to three years. Justices of the Peace are elected in November of even-numbered years for two-year terms starting February 1 of the following year.

Elected Officials




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These positions are appointed by the Board of Selectmen at a public meeting on or before April 15th of each year.


Appointed Officials


Frequently Asked Questions

I have recently been married. What do I have to do in order to change my maiden name to my married name in the Town Records?

You will need to fill out and record with the Town Clerk a CHANGE OF NAME form. This leaves a trail in the land records of your former and current name for research reference. After the Town Clerk records this document, a copy of this is given to other Town departments so your name can be changed in all records.

If you would like to have your married name on the voter checklist, all you need to do is call the Town Clerk and ask to have it changed.

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Is there a date and time when grievances are held?

While anyone can "grieve" at any time, there has to be an official "cut-off" date or the Grand List would never be printed. The listers set the date and it is warned in the newspaper, town office, and post office. The reason for the grievance should be submitted to the listers in writing. Any owner not satisfied with the listers' decision can then meet with the Board of Civil Authority (BCA). This is accomplished by submitting a letter to the town clerk asking for a BCA hearing. She will set the date and time for the BCA hearing.

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Do I need a permit for a pond?

Yes, however, a pond must be approved by the Development Review Board at a warned meeting. You will also be asked to have the District Conservationist inspect the area and make recommendations relative to the pond inlets and outlets, and ponds greater than 3000 square feet require State approval.

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Important Announcements

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Shaftsbury Celebrates Hometown Hero's

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

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Southshire Community Solar has announced a planned Phase II expansion of the Buck Hill project.

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Organics Collection - Now at the Transfer Station

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Have You Found A Lost Dog?
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