A 3-year-old goat named Lincoln was officially sworn into office as the new honorary mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont.
Lincoln wore a sash that reads “Mayor,” for the Tuesday ceremony with Town Clerk Suzanne Dechame and the select board in attendance to deliver the oath of office.
The town of Fair Haven, with a population of about 2,500 does not have an actual mayor.
A Vermont town has officially sworn in a 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln as their honorary mayor on Tuesday. Suzanne Dechame, the town’s clerk, and the select board were present to deliver the oath of office.
The ceremony was held in the town office of Fair Haven, with a population of about 2,500 people. Lincoln was sworn in wearing a sash emblazoned with the word “Mayor” on it, according to The Burlington Free Press.
After the swearing-in ceremony, the “new mayor” reportedly defecated on the floor, leaving the police chief and other attendees something to clean up.
Fair Haven does not have an actual mayor. The idea to have a goat as an honorary civil servant was conceived to help raise funds for a playground.
Joseph Gunter, the town manager, told NBC News that the pet mayor idea became a civics lesson for children. Kids throughout the community started nominating their pets in addition to a $5 donation.
There was a total of 16 animals that were up for consideration. Lincoln the goat got 13 votes, beating a dog named Sammie Viger, who received 11 votes.
Lincoln will serve as honorary mayor for a one-year term. The new mayor’s responsibilities are already laid out for him, including public appearances and marching in a Memorial Day parade.