New Royalton Constable Has ‘Done Everything’
/ May. 29, 2008 12:00am EDT
New Royalton Constable Has ‘Done Everything’ By Martha Slater
When Dennis Stamulis was elected as first constable for Royalton at Town Meeting in March, he didn’t have professional experience in that area.
"I don’t have a law enforcement background, but I do have a great many friends in New Hampshire, where I used to live, who are state troopers and town policemen," he says.
Right now, Stamulis’ duties include dealing with animal complaints, and serving warrants and summonses. However, after he attends law enforcement training for part-time officers at the Vermont State Police Academy in Pittsford in July, his duties will eventually expand.
In addition to the training at the academy, he must complete 57 hours of other training in specific law enforcement skills, and keep them up-to-date each year. This first year, to get complete certification, he must also do 60 more hours of field training, assisting an officer. When this training is complete, he will be certified to perform the full spectrum of law enforcement.
Stamulis moved to Vermont last September from Hampton Falls, on the New Hampshire coast. He and his wife, Diane Hayes, who came here several months before he did, to take the position of director of human resources at Vermont Law School, are the parents of two sons and a daughter, all grown.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts, he worked in that field for a while, then was a truck driver, delivering gasoline. He returned to school, getting a masters degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire and worked in that field for 14 years. After he "semi-retired," he had his own small computer company.
"Then I drove a truck delivering jet fuel, and now I’m here!" he concludes. "I’ve done everything! I’m really looking forward to going to the academy to get my certification."
Constable Stamulis urges any Royalton resident who has a law enforcement problem to call the town’s Police Chief, Robert Hull at 802-763-7776.