Chief Douglas S Johnston began his career with the Springfield Vermont Police Department in the summer of 1974 and 1975 as a Police Cadet. He attended Champlain College from 1974-1976 obtaining an Associates in Science Degree from Champlain College.
Chief Johnston worked at University of Vermont Security Department from 1976-1978 and part-time for the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department from 1976 to 1979.
He attended the Full-time Basic Training class for police officers at the Vermont Police Academy in 1978. He was employed by the Burlington Airport Police from 1978 to 1979.
Chief Johnston was hired as a patrolman by the Springfield Police Department in 1979. In 1984 He was promoted to Corporal, and in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He served in a role of Acting Lieutenant in 1997-1998 before being promoted to Chief of Police in 2000.
Chief Johnston was also enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1985 where he rose through the ranks to Master Sergeant before retiring in 2009. He volunteered for active duty for Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he served in Iraq for six months. He was awarded the Army Achievement medal four times amongst other awards during his career.
He attended the FBI National Academy in 1997 and went back to Champlain College in 2015 where he obtained a Bachelor in Science Degree. Chief Johnston has attended a number of law enforcement management courses in his career.
He has been President of the Vermont Police Association in 1995 and has twice been elected as President of Vermont Association of Chiefs Police in 2011 and 2013.
Chief Johnston is the current President of the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Johnston has been appointed by the Governor to serve on several boards those being Vermont E-9-1-1, Vermont Communications Board, and the Public Safety Broadband Network Commission.
He also serves on the Criminal Justice Training Center Training Advisory Committee.
Chief Johnston has lived most of his life in Springfield Vermont where he was born and raised and resides there with his wife. He has four children and two grand children.