Sheriff Mark R. Anderson

Sheriff Mark R. AndersonSheriff Anderson began his adventure in law enforcement after taking the Law Enforcement class at the Windham Regional Career Center. Starting as a part-time deputy and dispatcher in 2004, he gradually rose through the ranks of the Office ultimately becoming the Chief Deputy. On July 11th, 2019 he was appointed Sheriff by Governor Phil Scott to fulfill the remaining term of his predecessor and mentor, Sheriff Keith Clark.

Sheriff Anderson is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a Master Instructor in RADAR and LIDAR speed measuring devices and serves as the lead instructor of speed enforcement at the Vermont Police Academy. He was the first deputy sheriff in the State of Vermont to become a Drug Recognition Expert, serving more than eight years as a DRE.

Sheriff Anderson serves on a variety of boards, including as the Chair of the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. School for Autism, the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors, the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, and as a member of the Vermont Sheriff's Association. Sheriff Anderson also manages the Vermont Sheriff's Association's scholarship committee for the Vermont Sheriffs' Scholarship and the Vermont Sheriffs' William Graham Scholarship.

Career History

  • 2019 - Present: Sheriff - Newfane, VT
  • 2016 - 2019: Captain/Chief Deputy - Newfane, VT
  • 2014 - 2016: Lieutenant - Vernon/Newfane, VT
  • 2012 - 2014: Sergeant - Newfane, VT
  • 2009 - 2012: Corporal - Newfane, VT
  • 2008: Investigator - Southeastern Unit for Special Investigation - Brattleboro, VT
  • 2008: School Resource Officer - Brattleboro, VT
  • 2008: Police Officer - Vernon, VT
  • 2007 - 2009: Full time deputy - Newfane, VT
  • 2004 - 2007: Part time deputy & dispatcher - Newfane, VT

Military Experience

Massachusetts Air National Guard
104th Fighter Wing, Weapons Element
Serves as a Weapons Load Crew Chief for the F-15 fighter. Has worked at various levels within the element performing maintenance functions on military equipment since 2005.


University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Business
Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Homeland Security Leadership Academy

Greenfield Community College
Associates of Arts in Business Administration

Vermont Police Academy
84th Full-Time Basic for Police Professionals

Press releases from the Sheriff

Windham County Sheriff's Advisory established

Posted by: Mark R. Anderson on 01/29/2021 7:49 PM

Windham County Sheriff Mark Anderson has established the Windham County Sheriff’s Advisory, comprised of a group of county residents who will advise him on community needs, interests, and concerns as they relate to the operations in Vermont. While the Advisory has no statutory or oversight responsi... Keep reading

Condemnation of Insurrection

Posted by: Mark R. Anderson on 01/21/2021 12:51 PM

The Windham County Sheriff’s Office condemns the January 6th, 2021 insurrection that occurred in Washington D.C. and the attempt of a violent overthrow of our democracy and the United States Constitution.... Keep reading

Committment to safety for all

Posted by: Mark R. Anderson on 01/15/2021 4:40 PM

The Windham County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States and the State of Vermont. This includes protecting the rights of every person, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sex, national origin, immigration status, or religio... Keep reading

Police Social Worker

The Windham County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Dover Police Department, the Wilmington Police Department, Health Care and Rehabilitative Services and the Consortium on Substance Use, has implemented a police social worker program to help aid the community with growing social and mental health issues that are otherwise handled by an officer.
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Are You Okay?

A program designed for older adults, disabled persons, shut-ins who live alone, or anyone in our community who need to be checked upon daily. Click here for more information

Tesla EV Pilot

The Windham County Sheriff's Office recently acquired a Tesla Model 3 Electric Vehicle for the purpose of testing an all-electric vehicle in a law enforcement environment. Click here for more information

Windham County Sheriff's Advisory

The Windham County Sheriff's Advisory is a group of community members charged to provide community perspective, blind spots, and feedback to the Sheriff's Office. In Vermont, county governments lack a legislative body that serve this function in local or state governments. The Advisory meets to discuss policy, operations, and needs of the communities within Windham County. Click here for more information

Drug Take-Back Program

With the advent of prescription medication, the topic of disposal comes to mind frequently. Many people are concerned about the drugs ending up on the streets or in the soil and ground water around us. The Drug Take-Back is a national program to safely dispose of prescription medications. Click here for more information

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program

The Drug Evaluation and Classification program, also known as the Drug Recognition Expert Program (DRE) employs highly trained officers to remove operators impaired by drugs from the public highways. Click here for more information

Snowmobile Patrol

A dedicated patrol to ensure the safety of all snow travelers on the Vermont Association for Snow Travelers trails. Click here for more information

Camp Leadership Challenge

The Camp Leadership Challenge is a program in cooperation with the Vermont National Guard and our Office allowing youth an opportunity to learn the skills of leadership and team work. Click here for more information

DUI Detection

The Sheriff has established a Zero Tolerance policy regarding operator's driving under the influence. Our Deputies have been trained to detect impaired operators with the intent of improving traffic safety.

Smart Carts

SMART carts are a proven method of slowing traffic in problem areas. SMART carts broadcast oncoming vehicle's speed in relation to the posted speed limit to make drivers aware of how fast they are actually going. Click here for more information

Southeastern Unit for Special Investigations

The Southeastern Unit for Special Investigation was started in 2006 after the State provided money for investigatiors. Our office has assigned an investigator to this unit to investigate and prosecute child abusers and child sex offenders. Click here for more information


The Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team's are statewide teams that work to prevent underage alcohol consumption. Our team is made up of several agencies in Windham County to give a thourough response to alcohol consumption by minors. Click here for more information

Governor's Highway Safety Program

Along with other area agencies, we work in conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety Program to improve traffic safety. The GHSP supplies money for officers with well-known campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, DUI Task Force, Aggressive Driving and other various activities.

School Resource Officers

A program that allows a law enforcement officer to work in and with a school. The SRO Program allows students to connect with our agency on a level that is more difficult to obtain elsewhere. Click here for more information

Protective Services: Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement The Windham County Sheriff's Department hosts a Law Enforcement education class at the Windham Regional Career Center in Brattleboro. This class introduces students to the aspects of the law enforcement career and all that is involved. Click here for more information