Roberts is Poultney’s ‘Citizen of the Year’

'Citizen' is barber, crime fighter

Jeff Roberts is Poultney’s “Man of the Year” and local crimefighter.

Jeff Roberts is Poultney’s “Man of the Year” and local crimefighter. Photo by Valerie Broughton

— Jeff Roberts, known locally as “Jeff the Barber”, was named the Poultney Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. Roberts received the award at a ceremony held at the Poultney American Legion Post Dec. 15.

“When we choose our citizen of the year, we look for someone who is recognizable and has given to the community and Jeff certainly fits that description,” said Valerie Broughton, president of the Chamber of Commerce. “He’s a true member of the Poultney community.”

Roberts nomination for the award was made by the staff of the Citzens Bank branch in Poultney.

“After the valuable information he had provided for the first time we were robbed, the first suggestion to the state police upon their arrival, after we were roibbed a second time, was to go talk to Jeff the Barber—and he did not disappoint,” according to Michele Hunter of the bank. “He may not don a cape, but he defintely is a hero to us; the Poutlney community is certainly a better place for having him as a member.”

Joining Roberts on the pantheon of notable citizens of Poultney are pioneer and town founder Ebenezer Allen, U.S. Rep. Heman Allen, and newspapermen Horace Greeley and George Jones.

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