Manley resigns from VSP unit

NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police Lt. Michael Manley has stepped down from his position with the VSP’s Tactical Services Unit to spend more time with his family.
Manley will continue to serve as commander of the VSP barracks in New Haven, which is home base to the state police contingent that serves Addison County.
Manley served a total of 14 years on the Tactical Services Unit, which features specially trained troopers called upon to deal with incidents such as armed barricaded suspects, suicidal persons, hostage situations, high-risk warrant service, manhunts, active shooter cases and VIP security.
VSP Lt. Hugh O’Donnell is the new commander of the Tactical Services Unit.
In an emailed response to the Independent, Manley said he was feeling “burned out” after 14 years.
“There is a shelf life to doing that kind of work and the demands that go along with it,” he stated.
Members of the tactical unit and New Haven barracks had to cope with the loss last year of state police Trooper and Monkton resident Kyle Young, who died from heat stroke during a Sept. 17, 2015, training exercise at the VSP’s Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho. Young was participating in tryouts for the team.
It was during the fall of 2013 that Manley took over command of the New Haven barracks from Lt. Gary Genova, who had retired.
Manley, 38, joined the VSP in 2000.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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