Police Chief

The Vermont town of Williston has a new police chief.

Chief Todd Shepard was sworn in Monday as the chief in the Chittenden County town of about 7,650 people. The police department has an authorized strength of 15 officers.

Williston is one of the commercial centers of northwestern Vermont.

The 48-year-old Shepard from Milton had been the deputy police chief in neighboring South Burlington.

Shepard succeeded interim police chief Douglas Hoyt, the retired chief of the Montpelier Police Department.

The former head of the Vermont State Police has been chosen to be Rutland's new police chief.

James Baker had been serving as interim chief in Rutland when a committee charged with finding a permanent chief for the city recommended him for the job.

The Rutland Herald says the 13-member committee was unanimous in choosing Baker. The decision must be ratified by the Rutland Police Commission, but no opposition is expected.