Colorful Concrete but No Police Hearing: Village Trustees @ 8am Tuesday Morning

We know you love at good meeting first thing in the morning…and tomorrow, Tuesday at 8am,  WOW, if you want “in” on helping select the color of concrete for our new Elm Street Retaining Wall, this is the meeting for you!

Village Trustees will be considering what is best — aesthetically — for the wall near the Elm Street Bridge which is expected, or hoped, to last some 25 years or more.

Woodstock Officer Jennifer Hutchins sharing her expertise with young women interested in Careers in Law Enforcement

The special morning Village Trustees meeting agenda had listed an anticipated “Executive Session” on a Personnel Matter, which we learned had to do with a “Termination Hearing” for recently suspended Woodstock Police Officer Jennifer Hutchins.

We have put in calls to Officer Hutchins’ attorneys and have learned that Municipal Manager Phil Swanson has granted a request from her attorneys for a “stay” for that special Village Trustees executive session, which has now been re-scheduled to Thursday, May 2nd at 8am.

When Swanson was asked if  the upcoming “termination hearing” was related to a recent incident involving Officer Hutchins when she was volunteering off-duty at “Ski Runners” at Suicide Six Ski Area in Pomfret, Swanson said he could not say.

We understand that the investigating agency, the Vermont State Police,  have not completed their investigation,nor made a determination yet as to whether to press charges against Officer Hutchins.

Some parents of young Woodstock Elementary School children have said their kids were “traumatized” and mishandled by Hutchins in that incident.  Other parents at the scene say they witnessed Hutchins break up what appeared to be a potentially dangerous situation among the youngsters.

Woodstock’s only other female Police Officer, Lisa Wilding,  left her post last year (in 2012) and is now working part-time for the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department. Woodstock Early Bird does not know the circumstances of her departure, although it followed a medical leave of absence. Officer Wilding is listed as eligible for re-hire by Woodstock Police. She attempted to return to duty once but, at the time, there were no openings.

We are aware that both Officer Wilding and Office Hutchins filed separate complaints in 2011 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about circumstances of their employment as Woodstock Police Officers. We do not have details of those complaints, although in the case of Officer Wilding we understand the EEOC took no further action following that complaint.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Violetta on April 22, 2013 at 17:41

    Maybe parents in Woodstock should take care and watch their children, To often in this town it is about someone elses behavior and not my Kid!!!!!


  2. Posted by Ameigh on April 25, 2013 at 11:23

    It seems like there is a lot more to this story then we know. I agree that parents need to be more mindful of their kids actions and take a more active role. Seems like we still have a lot of “kids will be kids attitude” and it is time for that to stop! I don’t know the exact details of what happened but it sounds like Jen was being a good citizen and attempting to deal with a potentially dangerous situation. This is exactly why people do not do more and take action for fear of lawsuits, job loss, public humiliation! It is a real tragedy.


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