♦ Town Officers/Departments

Town Office Contact Information

Location:  38 School Street ♦ Westfield, VT 05874
Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday ♦ 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: (802) 744-2484 ♦ Fax: (802) 744-6224
Email:  townofwestfield@comcast.net
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This is an alphabetical listing of elected and appointed Town Officers, Town Departments and Emergency Services with a brief description of duties and when their terms expire.

♦ Animal Control:  Normand Piette & Mike Piper (elected-2018)
In Westfield the Constables serve as the Animal Control Officers.  They are responsible for enforcing state laws and the town ordinance dealing with the care, treatment, licensing, and impounding of animals; pick up sick, injured, stray, or vicious animals; and issue citations for violations including enforcement of delinquent dog licensing. Yearly dog licensing is done by the Town Clerk.

  • 1st Constable: Normand Piette (802) 744-6888
  • 2nd Constable: Mike Piper (802) 744-6304

♦ Auditors: (elected) Dianne Laplante (2018); Kay Courson (2019); one Auditor position remains unfilled after Town Meeting (2020). Contact the Town Clerk for more information. 
Review and audit all town accounts. 17 V.S.A. § 2649

Constables:  Normand Piette & Mike Piper (elected-2018)
The constable 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. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(7)

♦ Delinquent Tax Collector: Joyce Crawford (elected 2018)
Collects delinquent taxes for the town. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(9)

♦ E9-1-1 Coordinator: Scott Dunn (appointed)
Assigns street addresses for the Enhanced 9-1-1 System.

♦ Emergency Services: Call 911 for emergencies

  • Police Department:  Orleans County Sheriff’s Department (911 for emergencies & non-emergencies (802) 334-3333) and the Vermont State Police (911 for emergencies & non-emergencies (802) 334-8881)
  • Fire Department: North Troy Volunteer Fire Department
  • Ambulance Rescue Squad:  Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service

♦ Disaster Shelter Initiative: Dennis Neumann & Dan Backus (appointed)
Coordinators of the Red Cross Shelter as part of the Town’s Emergency Management Plan.

♦ Fire Warden: Jim Crawford (appointed)
Burn permits are required in Westfield.  Contact Fire Warden Jim Crawford
(802) 744-8085 for more information.

♦ Health Officer: Mary Lou Jacobs (appointed)
Appointed by the commissioner of health to a three-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  Click here to view Vermont Health Officer Information.

♦ Game Warden: Jenna Reid
The Game Warden is dispatched through the Vermont State Police non-emergency phone line (802) 334-8881

 Justices of the Peace: (elected-2019) Joyce Crawford; Anne Lazor; Yvan LaPlume; Michael Piper; Pat Sagui
Although elected by a town, justices of the peace are actually county officers.
17 V.S.A. § 2103(10)  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. Civil Marriages: Justices of the Peace may also solemnize civil marriages.

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) Scott Dunn (2018); Steve Dykeman (2019); Danny Young (2020)

Appraise property within the town for the purpose of property tax assessment. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(5)  Available by appointment. Visit the Property Taxes Page for current property tax rates.

♦ Moderator: Pat Sagui (elected-2018)
Runs the annual and Special Town/School Meeting following Robers Rules of Order. 17 V.S.A. § 2646

Planning Commission: (appointed) Steve Dykeman; Brian Dunn; Dianne Laplante; Yvan LaPlume; Shawn Baraw; Bill Millar; Loren Petzoldt
The Planning Commission meets whenever there is a need to review conditional use applications, hear and act on appeals of Zoning Administrators decisions, and act on requests for variances. Their duties also include updating the Town Plan and Zoning Bylaws, making recommendations on matters of land development, conservation, and preservation, and participating in a regional planning program. The Planning Commission meets as needed.  Hearing notices are posted at the Town Clerks Office, Westfield General Store and Westfield Post Office and on the Minutes and Agenda’s page of this website.

♦ Road Foreman: Larry Kennison (appointed)
Maintains the summer and winter roads. 

♦ School Board Members: (elected)
Nicole Dunn – Westfield School District (2018)
Janellen Parker-Goodwin – Westfield School District (2019)
Kevin Amyot, Chair – Westfield School District (2020)

Shawn Baraw – North Country Union High School District (2018)

♦ School Treasurers: (elected)
Rita Petzoldt – Westfield School District (2018)
Tara Morse – Jay/Westfield School District (2018)

Selectboard: (elected) Yves Daigle, Chair (2018); Jacques Couture (2019); Anne Lazor (2020)
Click on this link to view: Selectboard Rules of Procedure Re-Adopted 2017
The three member Selectboard is responsible for 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, tree wardens and cemetery commissioners. Agendas and minutes are posted on the Meeting Minutes/Agenda Page. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(4); 17 V.S.A. § 2649

♦ Town Agent: Dianne Laplante (elected-2018)
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. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(11)

Town Clerk: LaDonna Dunn (elected-2018); Connie LaPlume – Assistant Town Clerk (appointed)
Records, preserves, and certifies the public records of the town. Issues dog, marriage, civil marriage licenses as well as motor vehicle renewals. Runs the local elections, serves as clerk of the board of civil authority, and hears tax abatement requests and tax appeals.  Notary Public services are also available at the Clerk’s office. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(2)  

♦ Town Grand Juror: Michael Piper (elected-2018)
Helps to prosecute criminal offenses that occur in the town by giving information to state and local law enforcement. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(10)

Town Service Officer: Selectboard

♦ Town Treasurer: Mary Lou Jacobs (elected-2018)
Keeps the town accounts, invests money (with the approval of the Selectboard), keeps a record of the taxes voted, and pays orders drawn on him or her.  17 V.S.A. § 2646(3) Treasurer’s hours: Wednesday’s, 8 a.m. to Noon, and by appointment.

Village Water District
The Westfield Fire District is responsible for operating & maintaining the Village water system.  For more information contact: Gordon Lesperance at (802) 744-6880

♦ Zoning Administrator: Dennis Neumann (appointed)
Approves or denies applications for zoning permits.  Administers the municipal bylaws literally.  Enforces regulations pertaining to the Zoning Bylaws 24 V.S.A. § 4460. Visit the Permits & Fees Page for more detailed information. Office hours are by appointment.