About Us

Name Number Rank Email
Paul Samataro 101 Captain psamatar@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Dave Whittle 105 Deputy First Class dwhittle@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Robert Lakin 109 First Sergeant rlakin@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Dana Shepard 112 Sergeant dshepard@ windhamcountyvt.gov
David Gaillardetz 121 Deputy dgaillar@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Nicholas Lawrence 122 Deputy nlawrenc@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Ian Tuttle 123 Deputy First Class ituttle@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Zachary Tarvit 124 Deputy ztarvit@ windhamcountyvt.gov
John Harrison 126 Deputy jharrison@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Richard Yastrzemski 127 Deputy ryastrze@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Robert O'Connor 131 Support Services roconnor@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Holly Ellis 141 Administrative Assistant hellis@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Andrew Malshuk 142 Dispatcher amalshuk@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Christopher Weyant 143 Dispatcher cweyant@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Wendy Wilson 144 Office Manager wwilson@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Stanley Wasilewski 146 Dispatcher swasilew@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Lisa Record 147 Chief Dispatcher lrecord@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Jason Willette 148 Dispatcher jwillett@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Jacquelyn Deedman 149 Dispatcher jdeedman@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Ian Gallup 159 Corporal igallup@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Tim Vinton 165 Deputy First Class tvinton@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Chris Norton 166 Sergeant cnorton@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Bryan Jalava 168 Corporal bjalava@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Dave Eldridge 172 Deputy deldridg@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Michael Roj 175 Deputy First Class mroj@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Kevin Turnley 176 Deputy kturnley@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Micah Fisher 177 Deputy mfisher@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Jonathan Cheney 188 Deputy jcheney@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Ashley Pinger 189 Animal Control Officer apinger@ windhamcountyvt.gov
John Martin 192 Deputy jmartin@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Randall Johnson 193 Deputy rjohnson@ windhamcountyvt.gov
Nancy Aichele 198 IT Technician
Carl Noe 199 Radio Technician
Sandy Boyd 241 Dispatcher sboyd@ windhamcountyvt.gov



Our Organization  

The Windham County Sheriff's Office, located in the county seat of Newfane, Vermont, provides a variety of services and programs to the citizens of Windham County and it's visitors. From policing to service of civil documents, we pride ourselves as being the most versatile agency in Windham County.              

Our Mission

The Windham County Sheriff’s Office’s mission is to provide effective, ethical and affordable policing.

Our Vision

TheWindham County Sheriff’s Department will be recognized as the county’s premier law enforcement agency providing innovative programs, cutting edge technologies, and high quality services throughout all of Windham County while retaining the Department’s reputation for being respectful,compassionate, fair and ethical.

Our Memorial

Deputy Charles Lavalla

Tour: 02/16/1990 - 02/16/2014

Charles L. "Chuck" Lavalla, 83, of Pierce Road, Hinsdale, died Feb. 16, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Montgomery Center, Vt., Oct. 25, 1930, son of Laurence and Blanche (Paquette) Lavalla. At the age of 7, he and his family moved to Brattleboro, where he was raised and educated, attending Brattleboro public schools. He was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, class of 1951.

Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on July 4, 1951, serving during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged from active service on July 4, 1954, at the rank of sergeant.

Upon his return home he went to work as a car salesman for Preston Motors, Brattleboro’s American Motors dealership then located on Putney Road. He later joined Kinny Pike Insurance Agency, managing the company’s Brattleboro office for 20 years.

From 1990 until his retirement in 2010 he was employed by the Windham County Sheriff’s Department, working as a deputy.

Mr. Lavalla was a former selectman for the town of Hinsdale, where he served for a term as chairman of the board, and was a past corporator at Southern Vermont Health Services/Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

He was a life member and past exalted ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Brattleboro Lodge 1499, and served as state president of the Vermont Elks Association. Mr. Lavalla was a former member and past commander of the American Legion, Chesterfield Post 86, held membership in the American Legion, Brattleboro Post 5, and was an active member of the Marine Corps League, Brattleboro Detachment 798. He was a member of the former Brattleboro Lions Club and a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie 2445.

Mr. Lavalla was a communicant of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Hinsdale.

He enjoyed golf and had been a member of the Brattleboro Country Club. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed time shared with his family.

On March 2, 1952, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Edenton, N.C., he married Ann Bevis.

Survivors include his faithful and loving wife of almost 62 years; two sons, Mark Lavalla and his wife, Suzanne, of Nashua and Kevin Lavalla of East Greenwich, R.I.; one daughter, Holly Morelli, and her husband, Daniel, of Winter Garden, Fla.; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and several cousins.

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Medal of Valor

The Medal of Valor may be awarded to a sworn deputy who, in the performance of his/her duty in a situation of extreme danger to the Deputy, and where strong possibility exists that serious injury or death to the Deputy at the time, and the act of valor, bravery or courage is beyond normal expectations.

Sheriff's Cross

The Sheriff’s Cross shall be awarded to a sworn deputy, who in the performance of his/her duty was killed or sustained permanent serious bodily injury.

Distinguished Service Medal

The Distinguished Service Medal may be awarded to a sworn deputy who intelligently performs acts of outstanding personal bravery at imminent personal hazard to life under circumstances demonstrating a disregard of personal consequences.

Deputy Mark H. Dooley Award

The Deputy Mark H. Dooley Award may be awarded to a sworn deputy who demonstrates dedication, compassion, enthusiasm and initiative in policing. This award is limited to one deputy in a calendar year.

Sheriff's Star

The Sheriff’s Star shall be awarded to any employee upon honorable separation, including death, which has accumulated 20 or more years of service with the Windham County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Star may be awarded posthumously to a deputy who dies while employed by the Office, regardless of years of service.

Life Saving Award

The Life Saving Award shall be awarded to any employee who provides, or is directly responsible for, life saving actions for a condition of which a high probability exists that a person will suffer serious bodily injury or death without the employee’s intervention.

Deputy of the Year

The Deputy of the Year shall be selected based on excellent, unusual or continued dedication to the Office and to Windham County, as recognized by superiors, peers and the public as measured across the calendar year.

Dispatcher of the Year

The Dispatcher of the Year shall be selected based on excellent, unusual or continued dedication to the Department and to Windham County, as recognized by superiors, peers and the public as measured across the calendar year.

Sheriff's Merit Award

The Sheriff's Merit Award shall be awarded to a sworn deputy that has demonstrated unusual devotion to duty or valor, over a continual and recognized period of time.

Volunteer Service Award

The Volunteer Service Award shall be awarded to the top 10% of employees who volunteers their time in the performance of a coordinated Office event.

Distinguished Accomplishment

The Distinguished Accomplishment award shall be awarded to any employee, who provides an outstanding or meritorious service, product or program that reflects positively on the Office that demonstrates unusual thoroughness, conscientiousness, determination and initiative. It may be awarded to an employee who has performed an efficient and valuable service to the Office, either in carrying out a specific task or in the performance of general duties over an extended period of time, that wouldn’t be eligible for a higher award.

Exemplary Service Award

The Exemplary Service Award shall be awarded to any employee, who demonstrates exemplary service in job performance, citizen contacts, and overall attitude and has three occurrences or less of lost time in a year (excluding injured or maternity time) and no sustained disciplinary action for a period of two years.

Distinguished Employee Award

The Distinguished Employee Award is given to an employee who demonstrates unusual flexibility, positive attitude, commitment and professionalism to the Windham County Sheriff's Office over a continued period of time.

Five Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for five continuous years.

Ten Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for ten continuous years.

Fifteen Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for fifteen continuous years.

Twenty Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for twenty years.

Twenty Five Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for twenty five years.

Thirty Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for thirty years.

Thirty Five Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for thirty five years.

Fourty Year Service Award

Awarded to employees who have worked for the Windham County Sheriff's Office for forty years.

History of the Office of the Sheriff

The first of two important characteristics that distinguish the Office of Sheriff from other law enforcement units is its historical roots. In England, the sheriff came into existence around the 9th century. This makes the sheriff the oldest continuing, non-military, law enforcement entity in history. In early England the land was divided into geographic areas between a few individual kings – these geographic areas were called shires. Within each shire there was an individual called a reeve, which meant guardian. This individual was originally selected by the serfs to be their informal social and governmental leader. The kings observed how influential this individual was within the serf community and soon incorporated that position into the governmental structure. The reeve soon became the Kings appointed representative to protect the King’s interest and act as mediator with people of his particular shire. Through time and usage the words shire and reeve came together to be shire-reeve, guardian of the shire and eventually the word sheriff, as we know it today. The Office of Sheriff grew in importance with increasing responsibilities up to and through the Norman invasion of England in 1066.  The duties of the sheriff included keeping the peace, collecting taxes, maintaining jails, arresting fugitives, maintaining a list of wanted criminals, and serving orders and writs for the Kings Court. Most of those duties are still the foundation of the sheriff’s responsibilities in the United States. The responsibilities of the Office of Sheriff in England ebbed and flowed, depending on the mood and needs of kings and government. In 1215 the great document of freedom, the Magna Carta, was reluctantly signed by King John. This document had 63 clauses, 27 of which are related to the restrictions upon, as well as, the responsibilities of the sheriff. Through the passage of time, the English sheriff began to lose responsibility and power, and by the early 1800’s it became largely ceremonial, as it remains today.

The concept of sheriff, because of the vast British Empire, was exported to places such as Canada, Australia, India, and, of course, the American Colonies. In America, the office was modified over a period of time to fit democratic ideals. The Dutch settled the area called New Amsterdam (what is now New York City) in 1626. The Dutch version of the sheriff was called a “schout.” When the English claimed the land, the schout became the sheriff. In the other American colonies, following the pattern of English government, sheriffs were appointed. The first sheriff in America is believed to be Captain William Stone, appointed in 1634 for the Shire of Northampton in the colony of Virginia. The first elected sheriff was William Waters in 1652 in the same shire (shire was used in many of the colonies, before the word county replaced it.)

The sheriff’s office in America was much less social, had less judicial influence, and was much more responsive to individuals than the English Sheriff. The duties of the early American Sheriff were similar in many ways to its English forerunner, centering on court related duties such as security and warrants, protection of citizens, maintaining the jail, and collecting taxes. As the nation expanded westward, the Office of Sheriff continued to be a significant part of law enforcement. The elected sheriff is part of America’s democratic fabric. In 1776 Pennsylvania and New Jersey adopted the Office of Sheriff in their Constitution. The Ohio Constitution called for the election of the county sheriff in 1802, and then state-by-state, the democratic election of sheriff became not only a tradition, but in most states a constitutional requirement. In the United States today, of the 3083 sheriffs, approximately 98 percent are elected by the citizens of their counties or parishes. - National Sheriff's Association