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Randolph Police Chief to Step Down

Published: 5/11/2018 11:01:21 PM
Modified: 5/11/2018 11:01:36 PM

Randolph — The Randolph police chief has resigned from his position effective May 24, the town manager said on Friday.

Police Chief Daniel Brunelle handed in his letter of resignation last month, Randolph Town Manager Adolfo Bailon said.

“He just said that this is the best move for him and that he decided he needed to move on,” Bailon said. Bailon declined to share the letter.

The news surfaced at Thursday night’s Selectboard meeting, where the board formed a committee that will evaluate policing in Randolph. All possibilities will be considered, including hiring a new chief or doing away with a department all together, Bailon said.

“They will weigh as many options as possible,” he said.

The development comes as Royalton announced this week that Randolph Sgt. Loretta Stalnaker will take over as Royalton police chief in July.

Brunelle came under fire last August after accusations surfaced that he assaulted his estranged wife. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office in February cleared him of those accusations, announcing that it would not refile domestic assault charges against him after the agency reviewed a case that previously was dismissed by the former Washington County state’s attorney, VtDigger reported.

Brunelle started as chief in Randolph last June.

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