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 a lead instructor 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 the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. School for Autism Board of Directors.

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

Back to School

Posted by: Keith Clark on 08/21/2019 12:59 PM

NEWFANE -- The Windham County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone that public schools return to session next week in Windham County.

Deputies will be participating in a high visibility campaign at schools throughout the region to welcome students back, and to encourage safe driving in... Keep reading

Governor Phil Scott Appoints Mark Anderson as Windham County Sheriff

Posted by: Keith Clark on 07/10/2019 10:04 PM

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Mark Anderson as Windham County Sheriff.

Anderson fills the vacancy left by his predecessor, Sheriff Keith Clark, who retired June 30 after 12 years as sheriff. Anderson brings more than 15 years of law enforcement experienc... Keep reading

Deputy struck and run over by vehicle

Posted by: Keith Clark on 05/06/2019 5:29 PM

One of our deputies was struck and run over by a vehicle today in Brattleboro. He is in stable condition and will undergo surgery. The Brattleboro Police Department is investigating the crash. The deputy was directing traffic as part of the ongoing construction work at Exit 2.

We would like to u... Keep reading

Liberty Mill Justice Center

Would you pay $60,000 for a service or product with an approximate 70% failure rate? Within three years of release from prison, 67% of offenders will be re-arrested for a new crime. Within five years, 76% will be re-arrested. Our current approach to corrections in the criminal justice system is failing. This is an approach to try something new.

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

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


State wide anti-drunk driving hot-line designed to keep the public roads safe and alert law enforcement of dangerous drunk drivers. 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