Shelburne police chief resigns abruptly after suspension

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SHELBURNE, Vt. (WCAX) The town of Shelburne has rescinded the suspension of its longtime police chief.

Chief James Warden/File

The select board chair says Chief James Warden has been out on sick leave and is retiring for medical reasons.

WCAX News obtained public records saying Warden was suspended for three days in July.

We have continued to ask the Shelburne town manager why the chief was suspended but have not received an answer.

Tuesday night, the select board chair announced an agreement between the chief and the town.

The agreement says the chief resigned August 4 and will remain a consultant to the department until the end of January 2018.

"Making himself available to the town to assist in closing pending matters and effectively transition from his role as chief of police, providing no more than 40 hours of consulting per week," said Gary von Stange, Shelburne Select Board Chair.

The chair and town manager declined our request for an interview, saying they cannot discuss personnel matters and citing the agreement.
Warden wasn't at the meeting and didn't respond to our interview requests either. He has been the department's chief since he was hired in 1987.

The town manager says Deputy Chief Aaron Noble will continue to act as police chief.