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December 06, 2007

Governor Appoints Tom Tremblay Commissioner of Public Safety

Montpelier, Vt. — Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Tom Tremblay, chief of the Burlington police department, will become Vermont’s next Commissioner of Public Safety, effective January 7th.

Tremblay, 46, has twenty-four years of policing and public safety experience and has worked for the City of Burlington since 1983.

The Governor said he is confident in Tremblay’s ability to lead the department.

“Tom shares my commitment to strengthening our communities and ensuring the safety and security of our state,” Governor Douglas said. “He is a proven manager and innovator in the growth of community policing. I look forward to working with Tom to build on the progress we’ve made in combating substance abuse, protecting families from sexual predators and domestic violence, strengthening the fire service and enhancing the emergency preparedness of every community.”

Tremblay said he is looking forward to leading the department. “I welcome this exciting opportunity to work with Vermont’s public safety community, advance Governor Douglas’ public safety initiatives and continue to strengthen the services the department provides to the people of Vermont,” he added. “It is an honor to be part of an administration that understands the importance of the public safety and first responder communities in protecting our quality of life.”

Tremblay replaces Commissioner Kerry Sleeper who is retiring. Sleeper praised the Governor’s appointment. “I’ve known Tom for many years. He’s an experienced public safety professional who understands what it takes to ensure the safety of our communities. I’m confident he will do well,” Sleeper said.

Tremblay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Professional Studies from Champlain College and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, among many other professional certifications. He resides in Essex with is wife and two daughters and has a son in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: December 06, 2007 15:36:44