STJ PD Search Nears An End

stjpdST. JOHNSBURY - The search for a new chief of police in St. Johnsbury is nearing an end. Former Vermont State Trooper and Groton resident, Tim Page, had a second interview on Wednesday for the vacant position.


Page toured the public safety building on Main Street in St. Johnsbury. He answered questions from a community panel and the hiring panel. 

Another finalist for the position, Scott Keene with the Stowe Police Department, did not get a second interview. Town Manager, Chad Whitehead, gave credit to Page's experience in supervisory positions that helped get him the second interview. 

Whitehead went on to say, "His references all were very god. People described him as having good interpersonal skills. They said he is dedicated to his profession and his job."

Whitehead also praised Page's loyalty, which Whitehead said is very important. The town wants to cover all the bases in the interview process before making a formal announcement.

Page is currently a Deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Before moving to the Sheriff's Department, Page was with the Vermont State Police and was a patrol commander with the Bradford barracks.

Page retired from the Vermont State Police in 2009 as a detective sergeant.

The town of St. Johnsbury is looking to fill the position left vacant after former Chief, Clem Houde, resigned in June. Clem faced accusations of exchanging inappropriate text messages with a female subordinate.

The search committee includes Whitehead, members of the St. Johnsbury Select Board, members from the Vermont State Police, Caledonia County Sheriff's Department, and the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility.