Randolph police chief charged with domestic assault

RANDOLPH, Vt. (WCAX) A Vermont police chief finds himself on the other side of the law.

Randolph Police Chief Daniel Brunelle is on paid administrative leave. The 49-year-old is accused of assaulting a family member. Berlin Police took him into custody at his home Monday.

Brunelle was just hired this past spring as the top cop in Randolph, he comes to the department after working on the force in South Burlington.

The Randolph select board chair is standing by the hiring decision.

"Dan came out as a top candidate and we still stand behind that hiring decision. I think that this is a setback but we see it as only a temporary setback and will wait and see what happens in the courts, everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” said Trini Brassard, chair of the select board.

Brassard added that Brunelle is on paid administrative leave until a court date for the domestic assault charge later this month. Brunelle did not respond to requests for comment.