December 06, 2007
Montpelier, Vt. â€” Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Tom Tremblay, chief of the Burlington police department, will become Vermontâ€™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 Tremblayâ€™s ability to lead the department.
â€œTom shares my commitment to strengthening our communities and ensuring the safety and security of our state,â€ Governor Douglas said. â€œHe is a proven manager and innovator in the growth of community policing. I look forward to working with Tom to build on the progress weâ€™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.â€
Tremblay said he is looking forward to leading the department. â€œI welcome this exciting opportunity to work with Vermontâ€™s public safety community, advance Governor Douglasâ€™ public safety initiatives and continue to strengthen the services the department provides to the people of Vermont,â€ he added. â€œIt 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.â€
Tremblay replaces Commissioner Kerry Sleeper who is retiring. Sleeper praised the Governorâ€™s appointment. â€œIâ€™ve known Tom for many years. Heâ€™s an experienced public safety professional who understands what it takes to ensure the safety of our communities. Iâ€™m confident he will do well,â€ 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