Thursday September 03, 2015
Vermont State Police Colonel Matthew Birmingham of South Burlington has recently been named as the force’s new commander. Col. Birmingham becomes the thirteenth director of the Vermont State Police. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith W. Flynn announced the change of command as Colonel Thomas J. L’Esperance retires from the state police after 29 years of service.
Col. Birmingham has been with the Vermont State Police since 1998. He started his career as a trooper assigned to the Rutland Barracks. In 2002, he transferred to the Vermont Drug Task Force as a criminal investigator and moved up through the ranks of the state police as commander of the Vermont Drug Task Force, commander of Special Investigations, and most recently served for the past year as the deputy director.
The majority of his career was spent focused on fighting the opiate epidemic facing the state, and Birmingham will continue to make this one of his top priorities. He will continue to maintain the strong relationships that the state police enjoys with every community in Vermont through a commitment to professionalism, accountability, and transparency.
Col. Birmingham oversees the three divisions of the department: the Field Force Division, the Criminal Division, and the Support Services Division. There are 327 sworn members and 90 emergency dispatchers and civilian support staff working for the Vermont State Police.
“It is an honor to serve the citizens of the State of Vermont as Director of the Vermont State Police and I appreciate the trust that’s been placed in me by this appointment,” said Col. Birmingham.