Veteran Moderator Retires in Bradford

Bradford ModeratorBRADFORD - After 40 years of serving Bradford, Town Moderator Larry Coffin is handing over the gavel.

 "I'm ending 40 years of being moderator, and I'm retiring because I always believe in leaving the party while it's still going on.  Leaving them laughing when you go is what the old comedian said, well that's the way I want it to be, rather then get to the point where people say it's time for him to step down," said Former Town Manager Larry Coffin.

Apart from being Bradford's Town Moderator, Coffin has deep rooted ties throughout the town. For 42 years he taught history at Oxbow High School. He's certainly made an impact on this tiny Vermont town and many of the town's officials are sad to see him leave.

"He never ruled the classroom with an iron fist, and he never ruled town meetings with an iron fist.   It's just a mutual respect the students and participants had for him because he shows everyone in the room the same respect," said Selectboard Chairman Robert Miller.

The community and town officials may be sad to see Coffin leave, but there is no one more upset to go than Coffin himself.

"Oh I will miss being moderator very much.  Again, it's a decision I had to make, I'll be 70 this year, and it's time someone else do it.  I'm very confident in the person who I think will be elected today," said Coffin.