- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont police chief has resigned after less than a year on the job because of disagreements with town officials.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/2p0A10h) 45-year-old James Beraldi, of Sharon, resigned from his post as Royalton police chief Thursday. Beraldi assumed the role in May 2016 after being selected by a search committee.

Selectboard Vice Chairwoman Peggy Ainsworth says the selectboard disagreed with the way Beraldi spent his time and his idea of community policing. Ainsworth says that the committee no longer thinks Beraldi is the best fit for the department but adds that the decision isn’t personal.

Beraldi says he has no ill will toward anyone on the board.

The selectboard may restructure the police department.

Royalton officials do not currently have plans to hire a replacement for Beraldi.

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This story has been corrected to show that the the selectboard official was referring to “community policing,” not “community policy.”

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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