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Robert L. Evans

Robert L. Evans

Director of K-12 Services


Awards & Honors

  • George C. Marshal Award winner for outstanding leadership


  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Patrol and Tactical Operations sub-committee
  • Member of the National Tactical Officers Association

In April of 2014, Rob Evans was appointed as the Manager of Organizational Assessments and K-12 Services for Margolis Healy. He specializes in campus safety, security and emergency preparedness for higher education and K-12 schools. Rob’s executive law enforcement and military experience provides a unique background to offer clients a wide range of specialized services that includes arming studies, Public Safety Management Studies™, emergency management consultation, Immediate Action Response Training (IART), implementation of less lethal and lethal force options, litigation consultation and special investigations/independent reviews. Rob has worked with college and university public safety agencies across the country to enhance the safety and security services they provide to their campus communities.

Rob also serves as the state of Vermont’s School Safety Liaison Officer, where he reports directly to the Secretary of Education and the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. In this capacity, Rob is responsible for coordinating school crisis preparedness and planning for over 300 public, private and independent schools. Working with local, county and state level school safety partners, Rob has enhanced the state’s “all hazards” approach to school emergency preparedness and has coordinated the development and delivery of school executive leadership training in the areas of active shooter response, individual and organizational response to a critical incident, prevention of violence and de-escalation training, incident command training, behavioral threat assessment and crisis communication. In August of 2018, Rob was appointed by Governor Phil Scott to serve on the state’s Community Violence Prevention Task Force, where he serves as the Chairperson for the Task Force’s prevention subcommittee.

In March 2013, Rob retired from the Vermont State Police after serving 23 years in a variety of operational, training, homeland security and executive leadership positions within the organization. For 19 years, he was a member of the State Police SWAT team where he was an entry team member, sniper, breacher, active shooter instructor and team commander. Rob has extensive experience commanding hundreds of critical incidents throughout the state and has instructed local, county and state law enforcement officers in the areas of critical incident response and tactical command planning and management. Rob also spearheaded Vermont’s law enforcement deployment in support of the recovery operations after Hurricane Katrina (Gulfport, MS) and Tropical Storm Irene (coastal New Jersey).

In his last role as the Assistant Field Force Commander, Rob was the single Vermont State Police point of contact for all major events requiring special security operations. He had operational control of nine special response teams including SWAT, SCUBA, bomb squad, crisis negotiators, K-9 units, Clandestine Lab Response Team, search and rescue, crash reconstruction and the critical incident dispatch team. Rob has conducted pre-operational planning and implemented security operations for Presidential visits, border security operations, marine and air operations, tactical and immediate action support, intelligence gathering, threat assessment and command and control operations. In 2006, Rob led the tactical entry team that entered the building in response to an active shooter at the Essex (VT) Elementary School.

He was the statewide law enforcement coordinator for VT Emergency Management responsible for directing law enforcement and security operations during manmade or natural disasters. He has collaborated with Vermont’s Agencies of Transportation and Natural Resources, the Departments of Health, Public Safety, American Red Cross and the Vermont National Guard to develop security action plans for implementation during statewide emergencies and critical incidents.

Rob is a distinguished military graduate from Ferrum College and is a George C. Marshal Award winner for outstanding leadership. Rob's tactical career began with the US Army as an Airborne Ranger assigned as a Scout Platoon Leader with the 4th Infantry Division. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, attended the U.S. Secret Service’s Managing Large-Scale Security Events Course, is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Patrol and Tactical Operations sub-committee, and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association.


  • Assistant Field Force Commander, Vermont State Police
  • Vermont State Police SWAT team
  • Statewide Law Enforcement Coordinator for VT Emergency Management
  • Airborne Ranger, US Army


  • Ferrum College
  • FBI National Academy
  • U.S. Secret Service’s Managing Large-Scale Security Events Course


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