Board of Directors

The Board of Directors and staff of the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority include the following:

Tom Golonka, Chair
Tom is a former Montpelier City Council Member appointed to the CVPSA board in August of 2014. In his professional career, Tom is a partner with Silverlake Wealth Management in Williston and Montpelier, VT. Tom serves as Vice Chair of the board of Trustees of the UVM Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center, and a Chair of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC). His current term expires in March of 2019.

Michael Smith, Vice Chair
Michael is a former Barre City Council member appointed to the CVPSA board in August of 2014. He is active in the Barre community and has served on both the Greater Barre Public Safety Advisory Committee and the Greater Barre Community Justice Center board. Michael works as a driver for the Ready To Go Program of Good News Garage based in Burlington. His two year term on the board expires in March of 2018.

Robert Sager, Treasurer
Bob has been a long-standing member of the efforts to bring about public safety regionalization to Central Vermont. He served on previous study committees leading up to the creation of the Authority. He was President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Barre Partnership, President of the Barre Merchants Bureau. He has also served on various city committees and is currently on the Barre Partnership's Economic Development Committee, Retail Committee and on the board of the Barre Lions Club. He is a retired business owner.

Dona Bate
Dona is a Montpelier City Council Member who was appointed to the CVPSA board in august of 2014. Dona operates her own business, dbate Speaking; where she is a speaker, trainer and facilitator. Dona brings five years of service to the public safety committee which studied the feasibility of this regional public safety authority, and which successfully advocated for its being chartered. Dona says, “regional services will benefit both residents and employees.” Her current term expires in March of 2018.

Kimberly Cheney
Kim is an Attorney living in Montpelier who was appointed in August 2015 as an at large member of the Board for a term expiring in March, 2016 and was subsequently elected in 2016 for a three year term ending in March of 2019. His service as Washington County State’s Attorney and Vermont Attorney General brings practical public safety experience to the board. He joined the Board saying: “Regionally managed public safety can bring communities to work together for the benefit of those who serve and those who are served.” He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) and Vice Chair of the Montpelier Planning Commission.

Douglas Hoyt
Douglas Hoyt was raised in Montpelier and graduated from St Michael’s High School. He has since attained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Vermont College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Norwich University. He is also a Graduate of the FBI National Academy. Doug has retired from active law enforcement serving as Montpelier’s Chief of Police for 26 years. His was elected to the Board in March of 2015 to a term that expires in March 0f 2018.

Martin Prevost
Martin has lived in Barre City since 1978 when he moved here from Montreal.  He was appointed to the Board in March of 2015 and re-appointed March of 2017 for a term ending in March of 2019. He is a currently employed by the Vermont Department of Liquor Control and was previously a Barre City Police Officer.  He has been active in the Barre community including serving as school board member and city councilor as well as other civic boards and committees.

Samuel M. Dworkin
Sam lives in Montpelier and is an attorney working in Barre, VT for Martin and Associates. He is a 2013 an Honors Graduate from Vermont Law School with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. He was elected as an at large member of the Board of Directors for the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority in March of 2017. Sam’s three-year term expires in March 2020.

Sally Dillon
In September 2018 Capital Fire Mutual Aid System, Inc. (CFMAS) voted to join the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority. The addition of CFMAS added two new appointed members to the Board of Directors, Sally is one of them. Sally has been a resident of Waterbury, VT her entire life. She is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Waterbury Ambulance Service where she has served for over 15 years. She has served as a Vermont State Police dispatcher since 1983 with the Vermont Department of Public Safety. She is a 35-year member of the Waterbury Fire Department currently serving as a Battalion Chief and a member of their training committee. She also has been a member of the CFMAS communications committee since 2014.

Will Schwarz
Will is the other appointed CVPSA Board member from CFMAS. He is currently the 1st Assistant Chief with the Marshfield, VT Fire Department where he has served since March of 1995. He is an instructor at the Vermont Fire Academy

Francis (Paco) X. Aumand III, Executive Director
Mr. Francis (Paco) X. Aumand III has 39 years of law enforcement experience including service at the municipal and State levels in Vermont. Before his appointment as Executive Director for the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority, in July of 2015, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Mr. Aumand also was employed as Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, and he served with the Bellows Falls Vermont Police Department for 14 years, the last 7 of those years as Chief of Police. He holds a Master of Science in Administration from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT.


Board of Directors & Board Candidate Information:

Board Terms of Office

Consent of Candidate Form

CVPSA Candidate At-Large Petition Procedure and Information

Local Candidate Petition