Hon. Eleanor SmithCounty Clerk
Office Hours: M-F, 9-1County Treasurer and Deputy County Clerk
Jacqueline McLeanCounty Sheriff
Donald KeelerCounty Senators
Chris BrayVermont Superior Court
7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
Monday-Friday: 8:00 - 4:30
Addison County's first courthouse was constructed in the 1790's. In 1814 the building was moved, and in 1829 and 1844 extensively renovated. Finally, in the 1880's it was retired and moved to the Addison County Fairgrounds (now the Recreation Park) where it served as a harness shop, among other things, until it was demolished in 1939.
In 1883 a new courthouse was constructed. This handsome building, which stands still today (5 Court Street), designed by Middlebury architect Clinton Smith, served Addison County for over one hundred years. When a larger courthouse became a necessity, the 1883 courthouse passed to Middlebury College, in accordance with the deed on the property.
In 1995-96 a new courthouse was constructed on a site east of the 1883 courthouse. Named after Judge Frank Mahady, the new building, one of two state-owned courthouses in Vermont, features a hipped roof, a center cupola, and a pedimented entry bay. The modern Queen Anne building was designed by Burlington architect J. Graham Goldsmith.
Thank you to John E. Deacon (www.courthouses.co) for the photo of the current courthouse and some of the history of Middlebury's courthouses, and Glenn Andres and his Walking History of Middlebury for much of the early history.Irene Poole
December 1, 2015
About Our Judges
Alice George was born in Vermont and grew up in White River Junction. She is a graduate of Hartford High School. In addition to serving as an Assistant Judge, Alice is a Registered Nurse and works in the Emergency Room at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. She is also an Assistant Medical Examiner for the State of Vermont, and a CPR instructor.
Alice was elected Assistant Judge in November 2014, and began her judicial duties in February 2015. In 2016 she completed the necessary training to preside in uncontested divorce hearings.
She and her husband of 45 years, Dean George, have one son, a daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter.
Irene Poole moved to Vermont in 1997 from Brookline, Massachusetts. Before Brookline, Irene lived in Dallas, Texas, where she attended Southern Methodist University (B.A., History, 1987), and Chickasha, Oklahoma where she attended high school, started college (USAO), and learned how to shoot, ride a horse, and a motorcycle.
Looking for a place to call home and raise her two sons post-divorce, Irene moved to Middlebury in 1997. In addition to serving as an Assistant Judge, Irene is a holistic health practitioner with a practice in Middlebury. She has been a resident of Ripton since 2009 and has served as assistant town clerk.
Irene was elected Assistant Judge in November 2014, and began her judicial duties in February 2015. In 2016 she completed the necessary training to preside in uncontested divorce hearings.She lives with her companion Tom Cabot and their amazing little dog Mario.