Statement on Police Chief Hiring


I have made the decision to pause the hiring process for the next Richmond Police Chief.  After two rounds of interviews, a public forum, and receiving feedback from the public, I chose Acting Chief Kyle Kapitanski as the top candidate. After discussion with Acting Chief Kapitanski, we have agreed that pausing the process is the best way to proceed and we will move forward at this point with him remaining as Acting Chief.

Both Acting Chief Kapitanski and I recognize the challenges of leading the Richmond Police Department and agree that there is work to be done prior to appointing a permanent chief. Acting Chief Kapitanski has many years of experience in policing which have prepared him to complete the administrative duties required of the position. Acting Chief Kapitanski and I have discussed areas of growth that need to occur prior to him being considered for appointment to the full time position of Police Chief.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and supplied feedback in this process from the hiring committee to the residents of Richmond.

Josh Arneson

Richmond Town Manager


Acting Police Chief: Kyle Kapitanski


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Tell us what you think about our services, our organization, or anything else that comes to mind. We welcome all of your comments and suggestions.

Police Chief Hiring Committee

We are looking for three community members to join the Richmond Police Chief Hiring Committee. If you would like to be considered for this committee please send a letter of interest to Town Manager Josh Arneson at Letters are due by the end of the day on July 24.

More information on the Police Chief Hiring Process can be found here:

School Resource Officer

The Richmond PD partners with the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District (MMUUSD) to supply a School Resource Officer (SRO) to work at Camel’s Hump Middle School. The SRO incorporates the roles of law enforcement officer, law-related counselor and law-related education teacher. The SRO role is filled by a Richmond PD officer. MMUUSD compensates the Richmond PD for the hours that the officer works in the school.

Community Outreach Program.

The Community Outreach Program in the participating communities of South Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Williston, Winooski, Richmond, and Shelburne was inspired by Burlington’s Street Outreach model. In the participating towns, outreach specialists work in partnership with local and regional law enforcement to respond to individuals with unmet social service needs, often due to mental health or substance use issues.

More information about the program can be found in this presentation that was given to the Richmond Selectboard on Oct. 19, 2020: Community Outreach – Richmond Selectboard meeting 10.19.20

Richmond Police Facebook Feed

October 22, 2020, 6:45 pm

October 16, 2020, 3:53 pm

The Richmond Police Department would like to remind all motorists that it is not only courteous and kind to share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vulnerable users, it is also ... See more

October 16, 2020, 2:38 pm
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Attached is the latest Press Release from the Vermont Army National Guard regarding dates and times of scheduled live fire exercises at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Sight. We hope this may help ... See more

September 21, 2020, 10:30 am

The Richmond Police Department has received an increased amount of complaints regarding speed on Hillview Road. If you are traveling that area, please be mindful of the posted speed limits.

And ... See more

September 19, 2020, 8:11 pm

We would like to remind everyone that as school has started up again there are school busses traveling our roads. Please remember that when these busses stop, there are children around that may not ... See more

September 7, 2020, 1:35 am
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Attached is a Press Release from the Vermont Army National Guard regarding dates and times of scheduled live fire exercises at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Sight. We hope this may help clear up any ... See more

September 2, 2020, 5:01 pm

The Richmond Police Department is excited to announce the addition of our new Patrol Officer Kevin Wilson, pictured here being sworn in by Richmond Town Clerk Linda Parent. Officer Wilson has been in ... See more

July 11, 2020, 2:09 pm

Below is a letter sent to the Select Board and Town Manager from the Racial Equity Working Group. It was included in the 7/13/20 Select Board meeting documents.

The Police Department continues to ... See more

June 30, 2020, 11:58 am

Below is the Vermont Statue regarding Fireworks: Simply speaking: you can NOT shoot off fireworks in Vermont.

Fourth of July will be a busy day and weekend for first responders. With limited ... See more

June 27, 2020, 5:28 pm

The members of the Richmond Police Department wish to offer our condolences to our friends and colleagues at the Vermont State Police Williston Barracks Dispatch center as they mourn the loss of ... See more

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