Chief Todd Shepard
Williston Police Department
7928 Williston Road
Williston, VT 05495
Chief Todd Shepard was selected and has served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Williston since August 2012. Prior to this he was a member of the South Burlington Police Department for nearly 27 years (1985-2012), Milton Police Department for 3 years (1982-1985), and served as an Auxiliary Vermont State Trooper for nearly two years (1982-1983) working in their marine division.
During his tenure at the South Burlington Police Department he served as a Police Officer, Police Corporal, Accreditation Manager, Patrol Lieutenant, and retired as Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief, he was second in command of an agency consisting of 42 sworn officers, 6 dispatchers, 2 record clerks, and an assistant.
Chief Shepard served in various capacities throughout his career to include Trustee for the Vermont Police Association for 13 years, which included being elected through the leadership and served as President of the 800-member association in 2003. His final years as Trustee, he served as the Chair of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council from 2005 until 2009 and he was selected as a lifetime member of the Association. In his capacity as Accreditation Manager, he served in various capacities in the Northern New England Police Accreditation Coalition and was a Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Chief Shepard attended the 200th Session of the FBI National Academy in 2000, attended the Executive Development Program through Roger Williams University in 2005, and completed the Rural Executive Management Institute in 2013.
Chief Shepard obtained his Associates Degree in Computers in Management and Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from Champlain College. Graduate studies were completed at Norwich University and he graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 2005.
On a personal note, he is married (31 years) to wife Joyce and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys time working around his home and being in the more rural parts of Vermont at his camp. He enjoys being outdoors partaking in various motorized sports such as riding ATV’s and snowmobiles and also enjoys kayaking and hunting.