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.