Former Bennington cop hired as law enforcement teacher at CDC


BENNINGTON >> Southwest Vermont Career Development Center Superintendent Michael Lawler has announced that law enforcement teacher Andrew Waldron has resigned from his position, and that James Gulley Jr. has been hired to fill the void on the roster.

Lawler said that Waldron offered a verbal resignation slightly before the start of the school year, and to date has not submitted a letter of resignation. The board approved the hiring of Gulley and Waldron's resignation at Monday's board meeting. Waldron had been with the CDC since August of 2013, and was a police officer in Florida from 1991-2004.

Gulley has a master's degree in public administration from Norwich University and a master's in criminal justice from Castleton State, and is a former officer with 14 years experience in the Vermont State Police and the Bennington Police Department. His first day at the CDC was Sept. 12.

"I want to thank the criminal justice community," said Lawler, "The Bennington Police Department, the Sheriff's office, the state police, and others that helped cover our law enforcement program for two and a half weeks while we were absent and looking for an instructor. I think it shows the dedication of our community to our programs. I know if this was our auto program, or our forestry program, or any of them, the community would have pitched in just the same. It shows the belief in our programs, and I can't say thank you enough to those organizations for pitching in."

The board also approved the hiring of Rebecca Tattersall, who will replace Barbara Gorbaty, who resigned from her position as instructor of the business management program. "It has been a pleasure to work with you and your team," wrote Gorbaty in her letter of resignation, "The twenty years I have spent at the CDC will always be an important part of me. I wish you continued growth and success in all your endeavors."

"Becky comes to us as a licensed business teacher," said Lawler, "with her master's in education from Cambridge College, her bachelor's of science from Trinity College." Tattersall has 29 years of experience teaching, including at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown and Taconic High School in Pittsfield.

— Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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