The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) is guided by Commissioners that are appointed by the Selectboard of Towns within the region. TRORC provides a regional framework that can assist municipalities in charting the best course forward with policies that guide their communities toward the goals that are important and unique to them. The Commissioners meet throughout the year and act as the Board of the organization, conduct business, and are responsible for the fiscal soundness of the organization. Each year TRORC approves a Budget at its Annual Meeting in June which outlines the organization’s efforts to best meet the needs of the TRORC communities.

TRORC Board of Directors 2018-2019

TRORC Executive Committee Members

  • Gerald Fredrickson (Town of Barnard) – Chairperson
  • William B. Emmons, III (Town of Pomfret) – Vice Chairperson
  • David Brandau (Town of Royalton) – Secretary
  • Nancy Jones (Town of Bradford) – Treasurer
  • Nancy Malmquist (Town of West Fairlee) – At Large
  • Bill Edgerton (Town of Stockbridge) – At Large

TRORC Board Members

  • Town of Barnard – Gerald Fredrickson, Steve Cota (Alt.)
  • Town of Bethel – Carl Russell, Greg Maggard (Alt.)
  • Town of Bradford – Nancy Jones, Marcey Carver (Alt.)
  • Town of Braintree – Vacant
  • Town of Bridgewater – Lynne Bertram, Norman Martin, II (Alt.)
  • Town of Brookfield – Jon Binhammer
  • Town of Chelsea – Carl Pepperman, Cherylanne Linares (Alt.)
  • Town of Corinth – Tim O’Dell
  • Town of Fairlee – Peter Berger
  • Town of Granville – Mark Belisle
  • Town of Hancock – Monica Collins
  • Town of Hartford – Lori Hirshfield, Bruce Riddle (Alt.)
  • Town of Hartland – Charles Jeffries, Richard Waddell (Alt.)

  • Town of Newbury – Frank Tegethoff, Larry Scott (Alt.)
  • Town of Norwich – Jeff Goodrich, Herb Durfee (Alt.)
  • Town of Pittsfield – Herb Kuendig
  • Town of Plymouth – Anne Brown, Jim Allen (Alt.)
  • Town of Pomfret – William Emmons, Phil Dechert (Alt.)
  • Town of Randolph – Ramsey Papp, Winston Sadoo (Alt.)
  • Town of Rochester – Anni Mackay, Doon Hinderyckx (Alt.)
  • Town of Royalton – David Brandau, Bushrod Powers (Alt.)
  • Town of Sharon – Peter Anderson, Deborah Jones (Alt.)
  • Town of Stockbridge – Bill Edgerton
  • Town of Strafford – Steve Campbell, John Echeverria (Alt.)
  • Town of Thetford – Stuart Rogers, Jim Masland (Alt.)
  • Town of Topsham – Jim Bulger
  • Town of Tunbridge – Michael Sacca, Kevin Rose (Alt.)
  • Town of Vershire – Bill Baylis
  • Town of West Fairlee – Nancy Malmquist
  • Town of Woodstock – Don Bourdon, Phil Swanson (Alt.)
  • Member-At-Large – Steve Schneider (UVLSRPC)
  • Member-At-Large – Jennifer Colby (Agricultural Advisor)
  • Member-At-Large – Kent McFarland (Conservation)
  • Member-At-Large – Ken Alton (Economic Development)
  • Member-At-Large – Andrew Winter (Housing Advisor)

The Role of the Commissioner

The Commissioners have overall financial responsibility for TRORC. The Commissioners are responsible for setting the policies of the TRORC enabling it to best serve the needs of the region, while remaining consistent with Vermont’s statewide planning goals. TRORC’s job is to both represent the general public’s interest in assuring that the organization serves the region effectively, and through ongoing communication, to represent the municipal body that appointed the Commissioner.

As a representative of a local government, a Commissioner may assist with regional policy decisions and inform their community about regional issues and how their community plays a part in larger regional issues. A Commissioner’s role is to balance the needs of municipalities with the needs of the region and the goals of the state. Commissioners work to reach consensus when regional solutions can provide greater benefit.

It is a Commissioner’s role to bring concerns, issues and information to the Commission so that TRORC staff may find the best resources to help communities. It is important to express the needs of communities and be engaged in the business of TRORC.

Commissioners are often asked to:

  •     Attend ten monthly meetings a year
  •     Review agenda materials sent prior to meetings
  •     Advise the Commission on issues within the community
  •     Introduce staff to key leaders in the community
  •     Keep community officials and citizens informed on regional issues and the activities of the Commission
  •     Keep the Executive Director informed of any special concerns that local leaders have
  •     Approve a yearly budget for the organization

An effective Commissioner is an engaged liaison between the Commission and the member community.

To view the Board Member Handbook, click here.

To view the Commissioner and Executive Committee job descriptions, click here: Commissioner-job-descriptions