Redmond O'Colonies is so happy he could cry. That's his job.

O'Colonies has just been named town crier for Martinez, Calif., by emergency proclamation no less."Martinez needs me," he says.

O'Colonies already had a uniform, a three-cornered hat and silver-buckled shoes - almost everything he needed to enter the North American Town Crier competition.

But he needed an official title, so Mayor Michael Menesini issued an emergency proclamation naming O'Colonies the Martinez town crier. The City Council hastily approved the unpaid post this week.