The town posted a job opening for Killington's first police
chief last week, based on some recommendations from First
Constable Whit Montgomery, a likely candidate for the
According to the posting, available on the town of
Killington's website, the successful candidate will get paid
$30,000 to $35,000 a year for working under 40 hours a week as
a patrolman, coordinating with Vermont State Police, the
Rutland County Sheriff's Office, Killington Fire and Rescue and
managing two part-time special officers.
The budget for the department is $80,000.
The chief position does not come with insurance, benefits or
Vermont allows municipalities to use their discretion when
offering benefits to town employees, including police chiefs,
according to Killington Town Manager Seth Webb.
"We structured this position and funding based on
recommendations from the constables, based on the current need
for law enforcement at the town level," Webb said Tuesday of last
The position will be open until filled and there will be a
formal interview process, according to Webb.
The position has been posted for about two weeks, and the
town has received three applications, Webb said.
First Constable Whit Montgomery, who won the elected position
this past Town Meeting Day, has publicly expressed his interest in
applying for the position.
Montgomery ran for the first constable post following the
resignation of longtime Killington top cop Scott Bigelow.
The job posting also reads, "preferred candidates will have a
proven track record of working collaboratively in a resort
community environment and the demonstrated ability to build and
maintain strong relationships with community residents and
businesses, municipal officials, and other law enforcement
agencies. The successful candidate should possess an extensive
knowledge of law enforcement practices and services which have been
acquired through verifiable work."
Other requirements include official police officer training and
certification, ability to double as a patrolman, a secondary study
or degree in criminal justice, law enforcement and/or relevant
experience and experience with backcountry/wilderness rescues.
Killington currently relies on Montgomery and Vermont State
Police as its main law enforcement entity. There is no physical
police department and arrestees are processed at the state police
barracks in Rutland.
Comparatively, in Stowe, which has a full-time police
department for its year-round population of 4,000 residents and
more than 10,000 visitors, the chief gets an annual salary of more
than $83,000, according to information provided by
the town office.
In Dover, which is home to Mount Snow,
the soon-to-retire chief gets paid $73,000 and is in charge of
8-10 officers and other employees for a year-round population
of 1,124 and more than 10,000 visitors on peak winter
weekends, according to Town Clerk Andrew McLean.
And in Ludlow, the police chief gets an amount consistent with
Stowe and Dover, according to Town Manager Frank Heald.
Killington, has a year-round population of approximately 1,000
full-time residents, with peak weekends exceeding 10,000 visitors,
While the towns mentioned above do not provide identical
examples to follow, as their demographics and needs may differ from
Killington, they do serve to provide some comparison to services
other resort towns have deemed necessary.
Cristina Kumka is a correspondent for The
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