Promotion announcement - Commander, St Johnsbury field station

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Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:05pm -- Denise Sortor

Col Matthew T Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police, is pleased to announce the following promotion: Sgt Hugh O’Donnell, patrol commander at the St Johnsbury Barracks, to lieutenant/station commander at the St Johnsbury Barracks.

Lt O’Donnell has served the people of Vermont for more than 15 years. He began his state police career in 2003 as a trooper at the Bradford Barracks, then earned a promotion to senior trooper in 2006 and sergeant/patrol commander in 2010. He transferred to the Royalton Barracks and became a detective sergeant in 2014, followed by assignments as commander of the Tactical Services Unit and later sergeant/patrol commander at the Royalton and St Johnsbury barracks. He has been leading the St Johnsbury Barracks since his predecessor, Lt Matt Amadon, transferred to headquarters to become assistant staff operations commander earlier this year. Lt O’Donnell’s promotion formally took effect in July.

A Vermont State Police field station commander is responsible for overseeing delivery of law enforcement services to the communities served by that station. Field station commanders are the local representative of the Vermont State Police to the community it serves, and they work with local officials and residents to address public safety and law enforcement concerns in their service area.

The St Johnsbury Barracks provides police coverage throughout Caledonia and Essex Counties, including primary law enforcement services for the towns of Barnet, Burke, Concord, Danville, East Haven, Granby, Guildhall, Kirby, Lunenburg, Newark, Peacham, Sheffield, Stannard, the town of St. Johnsbury, Sutton, Walden, Waterford, Wheelock and Victory. Troopers assigned to the station also provide assistance as requested to the St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville police departments, along with the Essex and Caledonia County sheriffs’ departments. The St Johnsbury Barracks patrols 179 miles of interstate and state roads, along with the hundreds of miles of local town roads.

The field station also oversees the Bradford Outpost. Located along the New Hampshire border, the outpost provides police coverage to 10 towns in the Connecticut River valley: Corinth, Fairlee, Newbury, Topsham, Vershire and West Fairlee in Orange County, and Groton and Ryegate in Caledonia County, along with providing assistance to the Bradford and Thetford police departments. The Bradford Outpost also patrols 25 miles of Interstate 91, from Norwich to Barnet.

Lt O’Donnell can be reached at the St Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111 or

To find out more about the St. Johnsbury Field Station and the communities it serves, visit