Town Departments

town-hall-complete-001 Vermont Towns have a long list of statutory municipal boards and officers.  Below are listed those most active.


The three-member selectboard is the town’s chief elected body responsible for the overall management of town government. Selectboard members serve three-year terms. The selectboard meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall in Island Pond.

Current selectboard members are: Michael Strait (chair), Jeanne Gervais and Heather McElroy.

Development Review Board

The DRB performs all development review functions, including site plan reviews, conditional use permits, requests for variances, and appeals of the decisions of the Zoning Administrator. DRB members are appointed by the selectboard, and serve three-year terms.

DRB members:  Peder Pederson, Alan Magoon, Alan Wing, Michael Clarke, Peg Muraca.

Town Administrator

The Administrator works closely with the Selectboard, the Town Clerk and other municipal officials in a variety of ways, as needed. He carries out board directives and initiatives, and is the liaison with state agencies and local boards, and keeps the board up-to-date on legislative issues and compliance issues. The Administrator is an appointed position.

Administrator:   Joel Cope, 802-723-4753

Town Clerk & Treasurer

The Town Clerk is responsible for the administration of all elections, the recording of land records, the filing and indexing of all births, deaths and marriages, all liens, surveys and a myriad of other documents. In addition, the Clerk’s office issues fish and game licenses and dog licenses. Voter registration is yet another important facet of this office. The Town Clerk is elected to a three-year term.

The Treasurer is responsible for overall management of cash flow and distributing payments authorized by the Selectboard. The Treasurer’s office is responsible for assisting the Selectboard with overall management of Town finances, accounting and tax collection.

The Town Clerk appoints an Assistant Town Clerk, who has the same responsibilities.

Town Clerk: Teresa Potwin, 723-4405.  Office Hours Daily 8:00 to 3:30.

Assistant Clerk:  Muriel Leonard & Lisa Moore

Zoning Administrator

The Zoning Administrator is appointed by the Selectboard, based upon a nomination by the Planning Commission. The ZA, according to state statute, “shall administer the bylaws literally and shall not have the power to permit any land development that is not in conformance with those bylaws.” The ZA serves a three-year term.

Zoning Administrator:  Joel Cope 723-4753


The Listers work collaboratively to establish the value of all properties, for taxation purposes, located in the Town of Brighton. They do not set the tax rate or collect taxes. The municipal tax rate is set by the Selectboard based on the budget approved by Town Meeting and the Grand List approved by the Listers. The Grand List is essentially one percent of the list of all properties and associated values.

Board of Listers: Alan Wing, Stephanie Nagle, (third lister position is vacant)

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is responsible for short- and long-range planning in the form of the official Town Plan, a document that must be renewed every eight years. Changes to the Zoning Ordinance cannot be made if the Town Plan is expired. The PC is responsible for recommending changes to the Zoning Ordinance, and for nominating someone to serve as Zoning Administrator. The Selectboard makes the appointment based on the PC’s nomination.

PC members:  Jeanne Gervais (chair), Bill Hawkins, Scott Gowdy, Michael Strait.  A vacancy exists on the Planning Commission.

Water Commissioners

The Water Commissioners are charged by Town charter provisions with the management, control and operation of the public water supply and distribution systems. Water Commissioners are elected to three year terms.

Water Commissioners: Roland Barney, Ralph Wilkins, and Lisa Moore.

Sewage System Commissioners

The Sewer Board supervises the municipal sewer system, including establishing rates, rules and regulations for its control and operation. The Sewer Board is appointed by the Selectboard to four-year terms.

The Selectboard has adopted a practice of appointing as Sewer Board members the same people who are elected as Water Commissioners, owing to the close relationship between the functions of the two systems.


Auditors are elected officials and have the responsibility for examining and adjusting accounts, including those of the town and town school district officers, and all other persons authorized by law to draw orders on the town treasurer.  Auditors are also responsible for the annual town report.  Town Auditors are not CPA’s but should be comfortable with numbers.

Auditors: Jocelyn Gervais, Janet Osborne. A vacancy exists on the Board of Auditors

Cemetery Commissioners

The Cemetery Commissioners are responsible for the care and management of the public burial grounds.

Cemetery Commissioners:  Roland Barney (Chair), Robert Daniels, Ray Fontaine

Police Department

The Brighton Police Chief is Jeffrey Noyes.  His office is in the Train Depot.

Recreation Department

The Recreation Director is Doug Niles: