In the spring of 2017, I was asked by Bruce Maitland if I would be interested in helping him and others with the development of a non-profit. The primary focus would be to assist family members of missing loved ones searching for answers, while working with other executive board members to ensure investigators, hired by the foundation, had the best interest of the victims and family members in mind. Yes, a very easy decision and I now look forward to watching the foundation grow, while building trust with those in need of answers.
Thomas L’Esperance is currently working at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, within Partner Engagement.
Prior to his position at ODNI-PE, Mr. L’Esperance served as the Director/Colonel of the Vermont State Police for six years. Responsible for directing and leading a staff of more than 400, he fostered partnerships and relationships with police agencies and other stakeholders across Vermont. He was also responsible for supervising a multi-agency drug task force, while developing men and women in state and local law enforcement. Mr. L ’Esperance’s work helped to build coalitions, ensure transparency, and provided a professional level of public safety across the region.
Born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, Mr. L’Esperance graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. He began his 28-year law enforcement career with the Vermont State Police in 1987 as a uniform/detective trooper. He progressed through the ranks serving in positions as the commander for a station, drug task force, special investigations unit, and criminal division.
Mr. L’Esperance has also served in leadership roles with the Vermont Department of Public Safety, New England State Police Information Network, New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mr. L’Esperance is married and has two children.