Source: Governor’s Office. 9.14.2009 Governor Douglas today announced the appointment of Chad Schmidt as Bennington County Sheriff. Schmidt replaces Gary Forrest who retired after 24 years as Sheriff. “I want to extend my congratulations to Chad,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “I believe he has the experience and skill to keep our communities safe.”Schmidt has 14 years experience in the Bennington Country Sheriff’s Department serving most recently as Deputy Sheriff. Schmidt is a graduate of Southern Vermont College where he received a degree in criminal justice as well as the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT. He also received a certificate of completion in courses focused on leadership and administrative development at the FBI National Academy in Virginia.Schmidt is an active member of the greater Bennington community serving as a member of the Moose Lodge, Elk Lodge, a former member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department and a volunteer at the AARP Drivers Safety Program. Schmidt is married with two children. They reside in Pownal.