March 23, 2020: Vermont Governor Phil Scott has announced the appointment of David J. Fox to become Rutland County Sheriff, replacing outgoing Sheriff Stephen P. Benard. Fox has served in the Rutland County Sheriff’s office since 2004, joining after he graduated from the Vermont Police Academy. He holds certificates in officer field training, as well as drug recognition and alcohol impairment detection. Outgoing sheriff, Stephen Benard, was elected as a Republican, so keeping with tradition, the Governor received nominations from the Rutland County Republican Committee to fill the vacancy.