Charles Bristow, former judge and public safety chief, dies at 66

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Charles Bristow, a former District Court judge and commissioner of Public Safety, has died at age 66.

Bristow, of Barre, died Tuesday at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. The cause of death was not announced.

Bristow was born in Louisiana in 1940 and grew up in Mississippi. He moved to Vermont in 1970 when he joined the staff of then Attorney General James Jeffords.

In the mid-1970s former Gov. Tom Salmon appointed Bristow to be a district court judge.

In 1981 he became commissioner of Public Safety. In 1992 Bristow went to work for the Legislative Council.

Bristow is survived by his wife Claudia and three sons.


AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File 

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