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Vermont Sheriff's Departments: Washington County

map of our county Sheriff W. Samuel Hill Washington County Sheriff's Department
10 Elm Street, P.O. Box 678
Montpelier, VT 05601-0678


Phone: (802) 223-3001
Fax: (802) 828-3611

Website: vtsheriffs.com/coming-soon.php

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Meet The Vermont County Sheriffs

History

In 1810 Jefferson County, Vermont was established. In 1814 the name was changed to Washington County, renaming the County after George Washington. Washington County is approximately 695 square miles and is one of two Counties’ (Washington and Lamoille) that are not bordered by another State or Canada. In 1820 there were 14,113 people in living in Washington County. The 2010 census found 59,534 people now to be living in the County. Montpelier is the Shire Town and is also the State Capital. The current State House is actual the 3rd, as the first two burned down.

Washington County’s first jail was built into the dwelling erected by Montpelier’s founder, Jacob Davis, shortly after his arrival as the first settler in 1787. That building was given to the County by his son Thomas Davis and was rebuilt in granite in 1832. Another jail was built in what is now known as Jail House common, at 24 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vt.

Completed in 1900, a new Jail and Sheriff’s House was built at it’s currently location, 10 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vt. The Sheriff’s House is now the Sheriff’s Office and the Jail has been remodeled into Probate Court.

The Sheriff’s Office currently has 10 full time Deputies, two Office Staff members, the Sheriff and many part time Deputies. The Office preforms its statutory functions of transporting prisoners, mental health workers and juveniles as well as serving civil process. The Office is also responsible for security at Criminal, Family, and the Civil Divisions in Washington County, as well as Supreme Court. The Office contracts with 10 towns with in the County for Motor Vehicle Patrol as well as preforming a multitude of security and traffic functions throughout the County.

Our Department's Historical Listing of Sheriffs'

Sheriffs of Washington County Vermont
  1. 1811-1813 - John Peck
  2. 1813-1814 - Chapin Keith
  3. 1814-1815 - George Worthington
  4. 1815-1819 - Chapin Keith
  5. 1819-1825 - John Peck
  6. 1825-1832 - Rawsel R Keith
  7. 1832-1833 - Milton Brown
  8. 1833-1838 - Alvin Carter
  9. 1838-1840 - John Starkweather
  10. 1840-1841 - Isaiah Silver
  11. 1841-1843 - Andrew A. Sweet
  12. 1843-1846 - George W. Barker
  13. 1846-1848 - Addison Peck
  14. 1848-1849 - Ira McLoud
  15. 1849-1850 - Joseph W. Howes
  16. 1850-1851 - Ira McLoud
  17. 1851-1853 - Issac W. Brown
  18. 1853-1854 - James M. Richardson
  19. 1854-1856 - Obadiah Wood
  20. 1856-1858 - Jonathan H. Hastings
  21. 1858-1860 - Issac. C. Brown
  22. 1860-1862 - Jasper H. Orcutt
  23. 1862-1864 - Angier M. Jackson
  24. 1864-1866 - Orren W. Orcutt
  25. 1866-1869 - Clark King
  26. 1869-1871 - Alonzo C. Pearce
  27. 1871-1872 - Issac W. Brown
  28. 1872-1876 - Horace W. Lyford
  29. 1876-1882 - John L. Tuttle
  30. 1882-1890 - Frank H. Atherton
  31. 1890-1894 - Elhanan W. Howe
  32. 1894-1898 - Orman R. Collin
  33. 1898-1902 - Charles C. Graves
  34. 1902-1904 - Goin B. Evans
  35. 1904-1923 - Frank Tracey
  36. 1923-1927 - Herbert J. Slayton
  37. 1927-1953 - Henry C. Lawson
  38. 1953-1960 - John M. Holland
  39. January 1960 - Joseph G. Abair
  40. 1960-1968 - Harold S. Potter
  41. 1968-1975 - Mark R. Brown
  42. 1975-1978 - Malcomb M. Mayo
  43. 1978-1987 - Ronald West
  44. 1987-2004 - Donald Edson
  45. April-July 2004 - Philip Anthony
  46. 2004-Present - W. Samuel Hill
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The Towns We Serve
  • Barre
  • Berlin
  • Cabot
  • Calais
  • Duxbury
  • East Montpelier
  • Fayston
  • Marshfield
  • Middlesex
  • Moretown
  • Northfield
  • Plainfield
  • Roxbury
  • Waitsfield
  • Warren
  • Waterbury
  • Woodbury
  • Worcester