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Vermont Sheriff's Departments: Chittenden County

map of our county Sheriff Kevin M. McLaughlin Chittenden County Sheriff's Department
70 Ethan Allen Drive
So. Burlington , VT 05403


Phone: (802) 863-4341
Fax: (802) 863-7445

Website: chittendencountysheriff.com

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History

Chittenden County is situated on the Northwest side of the state below Franklin County and is at Lake Champlain's doorfront. Chittenden County is 614 square miles in his state's most populous County with approximately 157,491 people. The shire town is Burlington and the County was incorporated on October 22, 1787.

Our Department's Historical Listing of Sheriffs'

1787 TO PRESENT

  1. 1787-1790 Noah Chittenden * - Jericho
  2. 1790-1797 Stephen Pearl - Burlington
  3. 1797-1803 James Sawyer - Burlington
  4. 1803-1808 Daniel Staniford - Burlington
  5. 1808-1810 Herman Allen - Colchester
  6. 1810-1814 Herman Lowry - Jericho
  7. 1814-1815 Jacob Davis - Milton
  8. 1815-1828 Herman Lowry - Burlington
  9. 1828-1831 Moses Bliss - Shelburne
  10. 1831-1832 Roswell Butler - Essex
  11. 1832-1835 George Allen - Burlington
  12. 1835-1836 Herman Lowry - Burlington
  13. 1836-1842 George Allen - Burlington
  14. 1842-1845 Rolla Gleason - Richmond
  15. 1845-1847 Horace Ferris - St. George
  16. 1847-1848 Luther Blodgett - Burlington
  17. 1848-1849 Edwin Mason - Richmond
  18. 1849-1851 Samuel Taylor - Richmond
  19. 1851-1852 Issac Sherwood - Burlington
  20. 1852-1854 Nathan Bowman - Westford
  21. 1854-1857 Humphrey Paul - Burlington
  22. 1857-1864 Noble Flanagan - Hinesburg
  23. 1864-1868 William Munson - Colchester
  24. 1868-1869 John Griffin - Williston
  25. 1869-1882 Luman Drew - Burlington
  26. 1882-1890 Joseph Barton - Charlotte
  27. 1890-1902 Thomas Reeves - Underhill
  28. 1902-1906 Edward Horton - Burlington
  29. 1906-1921 James Allen - Burlington
  30. 1921-1931 Henry Todd - Burlington
  31. 1931-1935 Paul Dimick - Hinesburg
  32. 1935-1943 J. Frederick Lynch - Burlington
  33. 1943-1953 Dewey Perry - Essex
  34. 1953-1955 Charles Barber - Burlington
  35. 1955-1977 Earle McLaughlin** - Burlington
  36. 1977-1987 Ronald Duell - Winooski
  37. 1987-present Kevin McLaughlin*** - Burlington
* Noah Chittenden was also the first Sheriff of Addison County from 1785-1787. Although Noah lived in Jericho at the time, Jericho was part of Addison County until October 1787 when Chittenden County was Incorporated. Noah was brother to Thomas Chittenden the first Governor of Vermont.

**Earl McLaughlin was the last Sheriff of Chittenden County to live in the County Jail. Sheriffs in Vermont ran and lived in the County Jails until the Vermont Department of Corrections took over the County Jail function on April 1, 1969. Sheriff McLaughlin lived in the County Jail with his wife Theresa McLaughlin and their 11 Children, 8 of whom have the distinction of saying they were born in a "County Jail."

***Kevin McLaughlin became Chittenden County's longest serving Sheriff since 1787 on August 1, 2009 only to surpass his father, Earl McLaughlin who had served for 22 years 6 months before becoming US Marshal for the District of Vermont under the Carter Administration in 1977. Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin is also the longest serving full time officer of the Chittenden County Sheriffs Office. He started his career there on May 1, 1973

County Officers in Vermont went to four year terms in 1974 when Vermont changed the Constitution to allow this change.
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The Towns We Serve
  • Bolton
  • Buels Gore
  • Burlington City
  • Charlotte
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • Hinesburg
  • Huntington
  • Jericho
  • Milton
  • Richmond
  • Shelburne
  • South Burlington
  • St. George
  • Underhill
  • Westford
  • Williston
  • Winooski