Goat officially sworn in as honorary mayor of Vermont town

Goat officially sworn in as honorary mayor of Vermont town
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A 3-year-old Nubian goat has been sworn in as the honorary mayor of a Vermont town. 

The goat, named Lincoln, officially became honorary mayor of Fair Haven, Vt., during a swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, according to The Burlington Free Press. NBC News notes that the goat was dressed in a sash with "Mayor" emblazoned across it during the ceremony. 

The goat reportedly defecated on the floor following the ceremony, forcing a police chief and other attendees to clean up the mess. 

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Lincoln's path to become an honorary civil servant in Fair Haven began after the town conceived an honorary pet mayor idea to help raise funds for a playground. Fair Haven, a city with the population of about 2,500 people, does not have an actual mayor. 

Town Manager Joseph Gunter told NBC News that the pet mayor idea quickly became a civics lesson for children, with kids throughout the community nominating pets in addition to a $5 donation. 

A total of 16 animals were up for consideration. Lincoln received 13 votes in the race, coming in just ahead of a dog named Sammie Viger. The dog received 11 votes. 

Lincoln is set to serve a one-year term as honorary mayor. His responsibilities reportedly include public appearances and marching in a Memorial Day parade.