April 25, 2017

Town hires new police officer

By Tom Gresham
Observer staff

Scott Seitz was hired last month to fill an opening in the Williston Police Department.

Seitz, with four years of police experience, joined the force qualified as a full-time officer, meaning he can move quickly into the rotation. He was trained at the Vermont Police Academy and is familiar with state laws, Detective Sgt. Bart Chamberlain said.

Chamberlain said Seitz’s readiness to handle shifts immediately is critical because of a current officer shortage. The police department has two openings in its force, and two officers are currently unavailable.

Officer Jamin Whitehead is attending the police academy, and Detective Mike Lavoie remains sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered last August. Lavoie will have a second surgery on the shoulder later this month and is not expected to return to duty until this summer.

Seitz has work experience with the Barre and Northfield police departments. He occasionally worked with Williston Officer Dan Gowans during the latter’s time in the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and is friends with Officer Scott Graham.

Seitz most recently worked for the police department in Fort Myers, Fla., but he said Vermont was a better fit for his family.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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