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Enlarge this imageZeb Towne, the elected dogcatcher of Duxbury, Vt. “I’m the sole human being from the state who will get elected to be a dogcatcher. So, I am great, I gue s,” states Towne.Amy Kolb Noyes/Vermont Community Radiohide captiontoggle captionAmy Kolb Noyes/Vermont General public RadioZeb Towne, the elected dogcatcher of Duxbury, Vt. “I’m the only human being during the country who will get elected as being a Freddie Freeman Jersey dogcatcher. So, I’m magnificent, I gue s,” states Towne.Amy Kolb Noyes/Vermont Community RadioA variation of the story was 1st published by member station Vermont Community Radio. It’s a political insult that dates again for the 1800s: “He could not get elected dogcatcher.”President Trump even trotted it out final 12 months to disparage Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., with whom he was feuding in the time. Bob Corker, who served President O give us the negative Iran Deal & could not get elected dog catcher in Tenne see, is now fighting Tax Cuts…. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017 It truly is supposed to be a joke: an elected dogcatcher, really?But it’s no joke in Duxbury, a town in central Vermont, population 1,337 as of the last census. It may be the one jurisdiction in the U.S. with a dogcatcher subject into the will of the voters.During the lunch break of the town’s annual meeting earlier this month, residents were lined up during the Cro sett Brook Middle School cafeteria for a $5 potluck put on by the town’s historical society. Later the residents will vote on a variety of local ordinances and town offices.Very first in line was a tall red-head man with a graying beard, plaid shirt, wool vest and a camo baseball hat. Everyone here knows his name: Zeb (short for Zebulon) Towne, Duxbury’s elected dogcatcher.Towne gue ses he’s held the post for about 15 years, although he hasn’t really kept track. He will get paid $500 a yr, mostly to make sure there aren’t dogs working loose around town. It is a one-year term, so he receives elected at Duxbury’s town meeting each year. “When I 1st started doing it, I think it was holding up the town meeting because nobody wanted to do it,” he explains. “So I said if it will get us along, I’ll do it. And, plus, I had a Walker Coon Hound that was always out jogging. So, I figured, if somebody picked her up they’d have the number to call.” So not exactly a dog-eat-dog election. There was one 12 months though when Towne faced some potential competition: “And I said, ‘Good. Go ahead. These are the types of calls you’re gonna get,'” recalled Towne, before explaining the nature of the position, which although it can be described as dogcatcher, also includes taking calls ranging from “there’s an ermine in my porch” to “there’s these beef cows operating through the woods.””And in the end of it,” Towne said, no one else ran for the post “because everybody else said, ‘We don’t want that.'” Mike Soroka Jersey But when it comes down to it, Towne really does like the job. “It’s fun, interesting.” Towne gue ses he gets 20 to 30 calls a calendar year, and he suggests about half of them go something like this: “‘Well, I am just calling to let you know.’ ‘You don’t have to do anything, but I want you to know about it.’ ‘So don’t write anything up or call anybody, but this is what’s going on.'” All joking aside, Towne takes his job seriously. “It’s basically…also Josh Donaldson Jersey for the animals,” he states. “I have had to go and take some out of homes that were being not treated correctly and been left,” he admits. “A few other serious calls were saying, ‘dogs were biting multiple people.’ You know, that’s when … I get serious on it.” Duxbury resident Phyllis Berry says the town’s animals like Towne, too. “All I can say is all my dogs love Zeb,” she suggests. “So, we don’t have to look very far if they get loose. They end up at his house anyway.” Of course, a man won’t be able to live off a dogcatcher’s stipend alone. Towne is something of a jack-of-all-trades who surveys land, does construction and works at Mad River Glen ski area. He also produces maple syrup from his 3,500-tap maple sugar operation. As for that infamous insult, Towne says it doesn’t offend him. “No, because I can,” he claims. “I’m the sole person from the region who gets elected as a dogcatcher. So, I’m wonderful, I a sume.”