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Vermont Sheriff's Departments: Bennington County

map of our county Sheriff Chad Schmidt Bennington County Sheriff's Department
811 US Rte 7 South
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4207
Bennington, VT 05201


Phone: (802) 442-4900
Fax: (802) 442-7282

Website: benningtonsheriff.org

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Meet The Vermont County Sheriffs

History

The Bennington County Sheriff's Department has a rich history in Vermont. Originally founded in 1781 by Sheriff Jonas Galusha, the department had no means of funding until 1986 when Gary J. Forrest was appointed Sheriff by Governor Kunin. Gary J. Forrest served as Sheriff from 1986-2009 building the modern day Bennington Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff has worked hard to build a department that has deep reaches in the County. In September of 2009, Chad D. Schmidt was sworn in as Sheriff, replacing the retiring Sheriff Gary Forrest.

Our Department's Historical Listing of Sheriffs'

  1. Jonas Galusha - 1781-1787 (Shaftsbury)
  2. David Robinson - 1787-1798 (Bennington)
  3. William Cooley - 1798-1800 (Rupert)
  4. David Robinson - 1800-1811 (Bennington)
  5. Samuel Fay - 1811-1823 (Bennington)
  6. Josiah Burton - 1823-1826 (Manchester)
  7. Samuel Canfield - 1826-1836 (Arlington)
  8. John Norton - 1836-1837 (Bennington)
  9. Gurdin H. Smith - 1837-1839 (Manchester)
  10. Raymond Fish - 1839-1840 (Bennington)
  11. Gurdin H. Smith - 1840-1842 (Manchester)
  12. John V.D.S. McEowen - 1842-1845 (Bennington)
  13. Jasper Viall - 1845-1849 (Dorset)
  14. James S. Merrill - 1849-1853 (Bennington)
  15. Jasper Viall - 1853-1859 (Dorset)
  16. John Robinson - 1882-1884 (Bennington)
  17. James McCall - 1884-1888 (Rupert)
  18. Andrew J. Pike - 1888-1890 (Readsboro)
  19. John Robinson - 1890-1892 (Bennington)
  20. Henry S. Wilson - 1892-1906 (Arlington)
  21. Fredrick Godfrey - 1906-1919 (Bennington)
  22. Perry B. Gardner - 1919-1922 (Bennington)
  23. Patrick H. Thompson - 1922-1924 (Arlington)
  24. Wilton A. Vaill - 1924-1925 (Bennington)
  25. Perry B. Gardner - 1925-1934 (Bennington)
  26. William E. Bissell - 1934-1935 (Bennington)
  27. Clyde Peck - 1935-1947 (Bennington)
  28. John Maloney - 1947-1986 (Bennington)
  29. Gary J. Forrest - 1986-2009 (Bennington)
  30. Chad D. Schmidt - 2009-Present (Bennington)
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The Towns We Serve
  • Arlington
  • Bennington
  • Dorset
  • Glastenbury
  • Landgrove
  • Manchester
  • Peru
  • Pownal
  • Readsboro
  • Rupert
  • Sandgate
  • Searsburg
  • Shaftsbury
  • Stamford
  • Sunderland
  • Winhall
  • Woodford