Amidst their colleagues and family, two officers have been promoted within the South Burlington Police Department. Sergeant David MacDonough and Sergeant Dennis Ward were given the rank of Sergeant during a ceremony held on Friday. Both officers have been serving as acting sergeants for the City, and Chief Trevor Whipple was pleased to perform the ceremony which made the positions permanent.
Sergeant David MacDonough joined the South Burlington Police Department in 2009, after serving the Shelburne Police Department and the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office. A graduate of Champlain College with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and the Vermont Police Academy, Sgt. MacDonough also holds numerous certifications and serves as a certified instructor in several forms of defensive tactics. He lives in North Ferrisburgh with his wife and son.
Sergeant Dennis Ward has served the South Burlington Police Department for nearly 20 years. Over the years, he has served in several special roles including detective and supervising the traffic safety unit. Before joining the SBPD, Sgt. Ward served in the Franklin County Sherriff Department. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. degree in Criminology, from John Abbott College in Montreal with an Associate’s degree in Police Technology, and from the Vermont Police Academy. Sgt. Ward lives in St. Albans with his wife and two daughters.
The South Burlington Police Department is a team of 50 commanders, officers, and staff—including dispatch and the Community Justice Center. And, they also have vacancies for which they are currently hiring. Learn more at www.sbpdvt.org.