Murano new police chief
WILMINGTON- Sgt. Matthew Murano has been appointed to the position of chief of police for the town of Wilmington, effective November 1.
Murano grew up in Dummerston, attending local schools and graduating from Brattleboro Union High School. He attended Norwich University Corps of Cadets and was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard Norwich detachment, where he trained in advanced leadership and military tactics as a ROTC student with the army pioneer battalion. While at Norwich University he studied criminal justice and mechanical engineering. He holds a bachelor of science degree in legal studies from California University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing his MBA in public administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Murano began his career as a deputy sheriff at the Windham County Sheriff’s Department working for former sheriff Bill Graham. He attended both the part-time and full-time training programs for law enforcement at the Vermont Police Academy and joined the Wilmington Police Department as a full-time police officer in 2003. He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and worked as a first-line supervisor. During his career, he twice received the Windham County Sheriff’s Meritorious Service Award and Outstanding Achievement Award.
Murano received significant specialized training throughout his career and he is a certified instructor in firearms, domestic violence, and field training for new recruits. Murano has been a member of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s Use of Force Committee for the past six years.
In addition, he has been an enthusiastic participant, organizer, and leader for the helmet and bicycle safety program, the 1st Lt. Mark Dooley 5K Run/Walk, the Citizen Police Academy, and a Halloween safety program. His philosophy is that community policing is more than a program, it’s about engaging community members every day.