Killington, VT – The Town of Killington has hired Robert M. Giolito, an Inspector for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Enforcement Unit and former Vermont State Police Trooper, as Deputy Police Chief. The announcement was made this week by Chief of Police Whit Montgomery and Town Manager Seth Webb.
A graduate of Unity College in Maine, Giolito entered law enforcement in 2003 when he joined the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department after three years as a professional ski patroller at Killington Resort. He is a full-time officer P.O.S.T. Certified by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council (VCJTC), and has ten years experience in law enforcement as a Vermont State Trooper and currently as an Inspector for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Enforcement Unit. He is also the co-founder of Killington Search and Rescue (KSAR), a nonprofit organization that specializes in back-country rescues.
In his role as Deputy Police Chief, Giolito will serve part time and assist Chief Montgomery with all aspects of running the newly-established Killington Police Department. “Bob possesses the skills, knowledge and experience to excel in this position, in this town,” says Chief Montgomery. “His law enforcement background and education as well as wilderness leadership makes him particularly well-suited to serve our community. This is a great fit.”
Town Manager Seth Webb concurs. “The positive relationships and stellar reputation Bob has built with other agencies in our region will be a big plus to our new Police Department, and a valuable asset to the community. We are fortunate to have him on our team.” The transition from a constable department to a municipal police department began in February of this year when the Killington Selectboard unanimously voted for the change.
In June, Montgomery was named Killington’s first Chief of Police. Killington, home to Killington and Pico Ski Resorts, is a resort community located at the crossroads of U.S. Route 4 and Vermont 100. While the year round population is under 1,000 people, the Town has over 2,500 second home owners and plays hosts to tens of thousands of tourists on any given weekend.