Chief of Police

The Chief of Police develops and coordinates the administrative responsibilities to support the
accomplishment of the department mission and provides leadership in public safety for the
community at-large.  Until the 1960's the job of the police chief was a part-time position, most
worked their duties in the evening and held a regular full-time job during the day.  Police service was
confined to the village area of Middlebury at that time.  Prior to the 1900's, the closest thing to a
police department present in the town was a local nightwatch.

A history of Middlebury Police Chiefs:

c. 1900 - c. 1910        Clay Dickeson             Grandfather of Richard Nailor of the former Nailor's

c. 1910 - c. 1917        George Chaffee          Maternal grandfather of George Foster of Foster
                                                                    Brothers Farm (died 2005).

c. 1917 - c. 1937        Charles Shaw             Worked as a meatcutter at Gomes Market while serving
                                                                    as the Chief of Police.  Killed in an accident while
                                                                    driving a truck delivering meat in Addison at age 48 in

1937 - 1937                Charles Penny            Served as acting or interim Chief.

1937 - 1944                Ralph Kelton                Resigned in 1944.

1944 - 1969                Don Williamson          Ran a bowling alley and antique business while serving
                                                                    as police chief.  Came from Middlebury Dept. of Public
                                                                    Works to serve as Chief, never worked as a patrol
                                                                    officer (died 1995).

1969 - 1979                Robert Van Ness        Hired as a patrol officer in 1967, appointed Chief after
                                                                    retirement of Williamson.

1979 - 1979                James B. Coons         Lieutenant with the Police Department -
                                                                     administered the department during the five
                                                                     month vacancy between Van Ness and Watson.            

1979 - 1990                Albert Watson              Served as a police officer and Sergeant with the
                                                                     Yarmouth, MA Police Dept. prior to appointment.

1990 - 1991                Kerry Kirkpatrick          Captain with the police department - administered
                                                                     the department between Watson and Hanley.

1991 - present           Thomas Hanley           Served as a Patrol Officer, Detective and Detective
                                                                     Sergeant with the Wallingford, CT Police Dept. from
                                                                     1974-1991, prior to appointment as Chief of MPD.
Middlebury Police Department
1 Lucius Shaw Lane   Middlebury, VT  05753
Phone: 802-388-3191  Fax: 802-388-436
3  Emergency:  911
Thomas Hanley - Chief of Police
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