Elect Mark Anderson Sheriff

Windham County, Vermont mark.anderson.windham@gmail.com

Currently the Sheriff of Windham County, Vermont, I am an experienced and engaging leader. With over nineteen years of experience, it is my desire to continue to serve the people of Windham County as Sheriff. I would like to simplify access to emergency services in Windham County, provide 24/7 policing throughout the county, and utilize modern technology to improve our services.


Modernizing access to department services

  • Established an electronic management system for all civil process served by our department
  • Established an online registration system to schedule appointments for our county fingerprint center
  • Established an online system to report conduct of employees
  • Worked with partner organizations to electronically file criminal cases, reducing paper waste

Regional Animal Control Officer Program

Having heard of several communities struggles, we developed a Regional Animal Control Officer program in which a trained civilian ACO has been able to support numerous towns through animal issues. There are currently seven member towns, with desire by several other towns to engage the services of this program. It is the desire to expand the offerings of this program to all towns in Windham County.

Windham County Sheriff's Advisory

The Windham County Sheriff's Advisory was created to bring community perspectives to the forefront as they intersect with the services provided by the Sheriff's Office. The Advisory is made up of ten community members who help me navigate complex issues as seen from the lens of the community. You can learn more about the advisory on the department's website.

Deployed first all-electric law enforcement vehicle in Vermont

Following a shortage in vehicle supply in 2020, I took advantage of the opportunity to pilot an all-electric vehicle in Vermont law enforcement. Through this initiative, we've learned many lessons of how Vermont law enforcement can benefit from all-electric vehicles including operations, lower overall costs, and new ways to look at problems.

You can learn more about the department's efforts here.

Commitment to Modernization of Law Enforcement within Vermont

I've worked as a mentor supporting numerous law enforcement agencies unifying on a single, statewide law enforcement records management & computer aided dispatch system. Most recently, I've been supporting the Vermont Department of Public Safety and numerous municipal agencies as they work to transition into the system.

I've supported partners around the state to help craft the statewide policies for how force is used by all law enforcement agencies. As one of the leading agencies to deploy body worn cameras in Vermont, we also worked to support the work on the development of the statewide body worn camera policy. Both of these policies work to ensure people in Vermont are treated equally, and within the values and standards we demand of peace officers.

I've worked with the Consortium on Substance Use to engage a Police Liaison with the Department of Public Safety, the Dover Police Department, the Wilmington Police Department and the Sheriff's Office. Through this effort, we have the ability to engage trained, qualified mental health experts from HCRS to intervene in situations that intersect with law enforcement or would otherwise fall to law enforcement.

Issues affecting Windham County

Fair and Impartial Policing

In my past positions, I have worked pro-actively to develop relationships spanning cultural divides to establish an example of proper, fair, professional policing. Policing is inherently a people profession which requires a belief that everyone will get a "fair shake." A common mantra that I follow is, "You never know what someone is going through." This is true to all walks of life, whether death in a family, prior instances of unfair treatment, addiction, mental health, or simply harsh times.

Developing community trust was one of the key components of my work as a school resource officer. Through these relationships, we were able to provide services to at-risk and marginalized families too embarrassed or excluded by "the system" to offer help and need in a community care-taking role. We were able to bring justice and safety to children of abuse and neglect. Community care-taking is one of the most effective mechanisms of community policing.

Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a complex and interconnected issue that weaves through the criminal justice, medical, mental health, and social fabrics of our community. As the Sheriff, I have developed organizational relationships with stakeholders to continue the efforts already underway. I've worked to educate the community to help reduce the stigma surrounding treatment.

I implemented a system that brings real-time reporting of overdoses to police, fire and EMS, so that resources could be directed to the most affected areas. Under my leadership, the Sheriff's Office continues to support the National Drug Take Back Initiative to reduce crimes motivated by addiction and reduce unwanted or unneeded medications in homes. I've advocated for greater availability of Narcan/reversal agents to schools, first responders, and community centers.

There is a chicken/egg problem regarding crime as it pertains to the substance use epidemic which warrants Legislative guidance. We cannot arrest our way out of the the problem, but the resulting effects of addiction weigh heavily on our society that introduce violence, greed, and harm to our community.

Gaps in rural police coverage and dispatching

The Sheriff's Office is best poised to deliver regionalized policing and emergency dispatching services in Windham County. The expenses of operating a police department or emergency communications center often exceeds the means of the small towns and villages of Windham County. The administrative expenses duplicated across each agency in the county creates a needless expenditure of resources where proper planning could bring better, more efficient levels of services.

The Sheriff's Office currently maintains a regional dispatch center that could grow to satisfy local needs and create jobs in Windham County. I believe when a person has an emergency, whether it require emergency medicine, fire, or law enforcement, a caller shouldn't be ping-ponged between numerous dispatch centers.

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is a tool in which we can effectively rebuild the harm caused by one (or many) individuals to its victims in a way that fosters good acts over bad. Through my career, I worked with Restorative Justice programs to engage youth, families and adults in a process that wasn't about seeking justice by retaliation. Rather, it sought justice with a look forward, acknowledging what harm occurred from both perspectives, and seeking a solution that allows for peace in the future.

Crime is a societal phenomenon subject to fields of study of many scholars and professionals. For centuries it has been a phenomenon that is managed, not solved. The US has historically used incarceration as a crime management tool. We've long held we have "good people" and "bad people," though all can tell a story of when they "didn't follow the rules." Restorative justice is a mechanism, where appropriately applied, seeks a mixed proactive/reactive approach, in lieu of a traditional reactionary approach.

Safe educational and professional environments

Law enforcement has seen a vast shift in our role in school and organizational safety. This has created the ability to have deputies trained not only as instructors in safety and resiliency protocols sought by educational institutions, but also engage in safety analysis of facilities to make schools safe, while ensuring it remains a school and community center. We've engaged with non-profit organizations, faith groups, and schools to develop plans, share information, network, and create a general presence that incorporates a core principal of the Sheriff's Office: the community are the police, and the police are the community.


Boards & Volunteer Work

  • Vermont Sheriffs' Association
    • I currently serve as the President representing the interests of the Vermont sheriffs. This offers the opportunity to improve access and needs at the county and state levels.
    • President, April 2021 - Present
    • Second Vice President, July 2019 - April 2021
  • Vermont Criminal Justice Council
    • I served a one year term as Co-Vice Chair on the Vermont Criminal Justice Council (VCJC). The VCJC oversees law enforcement certifications, training, and accountability for all agencies in the State of Vermont.
    • Co-Vice Chair, March 2021 - July 2022
    • Vermont Sheriffs' Appointee, July 2019 - Present
  • Valcour Governance Board
    • I currently serve as Chair on the Valcour Governance Board (VGB). The VGB oversees the operation of the statewide Valcour Computer Aided Dispatch/Records Management System.
    • Chair, July 2021 - Present
    • Vice-Chair, June 2020 - July 2021
  • Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center
    • I currently serve as Treasurer of the Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC supports victims of child sex crimes and abuse providing trauma-informed interviews.
    • Treasurer, July 2021 - Present
    • Board member, June 2020 - Present
  • INSPIRE School for Autism
    • I currently serve as Treasurer of the INSPIRE School for Autism. INSPIRE is a private school that works to empower children with autism in pursuing academic and entrepreneurial skills.
    • Treasurer, July 2021 - Present
    • Chair, September 2019 - April 2021
    • Board member, October 2017 - Present
  • West River Valley Thrives
    • I current serve as a board member for the West River Valley Thrives, an organization that works to build community, prevent substance abuse in young people, and foster opportunity in the West River Valley.
    • Board member, September 2020 - Present

Sheriff of Windham County

Windham County Sheriff's Office

Appointed by Republican Governor Phil Scott, I took lead of rural agency responsible for prisoner transports, service of civil process, rural policing, and more.

July 2019 - Present

Captain & Chief Deputy

Windham County Sheriff's Office

Responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Windham County Sheriff’s Office, including the planning, directing and managing of all operational activities conducted by the agency. This includes contract development, financial management and planning, recruiting, retention, training and the general management of the agency.

July 2017 - July 2019

School Resource Officer

Windham County Sheriff's Office

I was assigned to the Brattleboro Union High School as the School Resource Officer (SRO) with the purpose of developing positive interpersonal relationships with students and staff; aiding with cases having to do with truancy, neglect, and/or abuse of children; supporting the safety and administrative staff of the school regarding delinquent acts and infrastructure/population safety. Our program focused broke down numerous silos to achieve a long-term goal: enable students to access their education. Research shows the higher education a person has, the less likely they are to commit a crime.

I assisted with the school's options based ALICE resiliency training. I integrated into classroom lessons to give a legal and life perspectives regarding a variety of educational topics. I helped at-risk students access to social services and victim services. I worked with the State's Attorney, the school's Restorative Justice Program, E-Reparative Program, and Youth Services' Diversion program to ensure reasonable solutions to juvenile misconduct was prioritized over traditional criminal justice approaches.

September 2016 - January 2019

Lieutenant - Executive Officer

Windham County Sheriff's Office

I served as the Executive Officer, responsible for financial functions including contracting, procurement, billing and payroll processes. I maintained responsibilities regarding patrol, transport and dispatching operations.

March 2016 - June 2017

Lieutenant - Division Chief

Windham County Sheriff's Office

I served as the Division Chief of the Vernon Division, which was established following the closure of the Vernon (VT) Police Department in 2014. I was responsible for establishing a 24-hour primary police service to the Town of Vernon, which included supervision of staff, communicating with the Town government, providing police services and creating the infrastructure necessary for regular operations.

July 2014 - March 2016

Administrative and Support Sergeant

Windham County Sheriff's Office

I served as the Department Training Officer, responsible for departmental law enforcement training, management and field training. I managed and supervise grants held by the Sheriff's Office. I was appointed the Field Training Supervisor, responsible for three field training officers (FTO) and the Office's Field Training and Evaluation Program. I established an electronic time reporting system which created a reduction in paperwork and additional oversight of payroll processing. I developed an Awards and Decorations Program to recognize and reward employees who provided and performed superior services to the Office and the citizens of Windham County. I was responsible for the technological and operational expansion of a single agency 24-hour dispatch to a multi-agency dispatch, capable of supporting police dispatch services statewide. I served as the agency Program Manager of the Valcour Records Management System and aided in the deployment and policy development of that system for the department.

November 2012 - June 2014

Corporal - Patrol Supervisor

Windham County Sheriff's Office

Served as a patrol supervisor responsible for crime prevention and law enforcement, staffing, scheduling and supervision of deputies. I performed functions commensurate with the roles of a deputy sheriff, including the transportation of criminal offenders, in-custody juveniles and mental health patients for the State of Vermont. I was responsible for grant management and supervision for all grants, including state and federal grants. I served as the custodian of evidence for all evidence in relation to criminal investigations conducted by the Windham County Sheriff’s Office, including evidence from homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, frauds and drug investigations.

December 2009 - November 2012

Deputy / Investigator

Windham County Sheriff's Office

I was assigned as an investigator to the Southeastern Unit for Special Investigations. I investigated allegations of sexual assaults and severe child abuse, leading to the arrest, prosecution and adjudication of offenders. I assisted the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office with case reviews and prepared various aspects of cases for trials and hearings. I primarily investigated sexual assault cases, child-victim homicides and physical assault cases.

October 2008 - June 2009

Deputy Sheriff

Windham County Sheriff's Office

I was responsible for general patrol, crime prevention and law enforcement. I provided transportation of criminal offenders, in-custody juveniles, and mental health patients for the State of Vermont. I instructed a high school junior/senior level law enforcement class. I was selected as member of the Southern Vermont DUI Task Force based on my aggressive DUI investigatory abilities.

June 2004 - June 2009

Aircraft Armament Systems Technician

104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard

I serve as a load crew chief, supervising and working on and around explosives, to include arming and de-arming weapons systems. I performed maintenance on electronic and mechanical systems responsible for offensive and defensive weapons systems of the A-10 and F-15 aircraft, including release and suspension equipment. I've completed the Craftsman supervisory career field training through the Air Education University.

July 2005 - Present

I serve as a flight chief, supervising airmen in maintaining readiness and mission effectiveness.

October 2023 - Present


Leadership Southeast Vermont

Leadership Course

National Sheriffs' Institute

Leadership Course

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

US Air Force Air Education University

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

Homeland Security Leadership Academy

University of Massachusetts: Isenberg School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
2015 - 2017

Greenfield Community College

Associates of Arts
Business Administration
2010 - 2014

Vermont Police Academy

Full Time Law Enforcement Officer (Level III certification)

Vermont Police Academy

Part Time Law Enforcement Officer (Level II certification)
2004 - 2005

Brattleboro Union High School

2000 - 2004


In my off time, I enjoy engineering web applications, physical fitness, skiing, golfing, and riding my motorcycle.

When forced indoors, I spend my free time tinkering with technology, reading, and enjoying virtual reality flight simulation. I enjoy working with wood with the kind support and mentorship of the folks at HatchSpace.

My most recent book recommendations are:

  • Permission to Screw Up
  • Leaders Eat Last
  • Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Measure What Matters
  • The Infinite Game
  • Nightmare Scenario
  • Tribe by Sebastian Junger
  • Skunk Works

Awards & Certifications

  • Master Instructor, NHTSA RADAR & LIDAR Speed Enforcement - Vermont Police Academy, 2010 - Present
  • William Graham Award - Vermont Sheriff's Association, June 2021
  • Gardner G. Manosh Memorial Award - Vermont Sheriff's Association, May 2018
  • Volunteer Service Award - Windham County Sheriff's Office, January 2017
  • Exemplary Service Award - Windham County Sheriff's Office, January 2016
  • Drug Recognition Expert - International Association of Chiefs of Police, October 2009 - July 2018
  • Field Training Officer - Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, 2010 - present
  • Level III Law Enforcement Certification - Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, November 2007 - present
  • Basic Military Training Honor Graduate - United States Air Force, March 2006
  • Level II Law Enforcement Certification - Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, June 2004 - June 2005