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..
1787-1790 Noah Chittenden * - Jericho
1790-1797 Stephen Pearl - Burlington
1797-1803 James Sawyer - Burlington
1803-1808 Daniel Staniford - Burlington
1808-1810 Herman Allen - Colchester
1810-1814 Herman Lowry - Jericho
1814-1815 Jacob Davis - Milton
1815-1828 Herman Lowry - Burlington
1828-1831 Moses Bliss - Shelburne
1831-1832 Roswell Butler - Essex
1832-1835 George Allen - Burlington
1835-1836 Herman Lowry - Burlington
1836-1842 George Allen - Burlington
1842-1845 Rolla Gleason - Richmond
1845-1847 Horace Ferris - St. George
1847-1848 Luther Blodgett - Burlington
1848-1849 Edwin Mason - Richmond
1849-1851 Samuel Taylor - Richmond
1851-1852 Issac Sherwood - Burlington
1852-1854 Nathan Bowman - Westford
1854-1857 Humphrey Paul - Burlington
1857-1864 Noble Flanagan - Hinesburg
1864-1868 William Munson - Colchester
1868-1869 John Griffin - Williston
1869-1882 Luman Drew - Burlington
1882-1890 Joseph Barton - Charlotte
1890-1902 Thomas Reeves - Underhill
1902-1906 Edward Horton - Burlington
1906-1921 James Allen - Burlington
1921-1931 Henry Todd - Burlington
1931-1935 Paul Dimick - Hinesburg
1935-1943 J. Frederick Lynch - Burlington
1943-1953 Dewey Perry - Essex
1953-1955 Charles Barber - Burlington
1955-1977 Earle McLaughlin** - Burlington
1977-1987 Ronald Duell - Winooski
1987-2023 - Burlington
2023-Present - Daniel Gamelin
* 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.