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October 12, 2007

Public Safety Commissioner to Retire at End of Year

Waterbury, Vt. – After 30 years of service to the people of Vermont, Public Safety Commissioner Kerry Sleeper will retire at the end of the year.

Sleeper’s career with the Vermont State Police began in October 1977 and Governor Douglas appointed him commissioner in 2003—the first time a Trooper has risen through the ranks to become commissioner.

Governor Douglas praised Sleeper’s service. “Kerry is a trusted advisor and valued friend who has done an extraordinary job managing the department and working in close collaboration with all of the members of our public safety community to keep Vermonters safe,” the Governor said. “He spearheaded a number of my top priorities including implementation of the enhanced enforcement components of my DETER anti-drug program, the creation of the fire safety division, and passing Safe Communities legislation that strengthen our sex offender laws.”

Commissioner Sleeper said he has enjoyed serving Vermonters. “It has been a privilege to work closely with Governor Douglas to protect and improve public safety all throughout Vermont. He is a governor who understands and values the role of Vermont’s public safety community in preserving our quality of life and protecting the citizens of this state,” Sleeper said. “While I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve Vermont for the last 30 years, the time is right for me to retire from this chapter of public service, and I look forward to the next opportunity.”

Before becoming commissioner of Vermont’s largest law enforcement agency, Sleeper worked as a Trooper, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant with the Criminal Division and Commander of the Special Investigations Unit, which includes management of the Vermont Drug Task Force. He also served as Station Commander in Colchester, Chief Criminal Investigator, Troop Commander, Assistant Field Force Commander, and Field Force Commander. Sleeper has also been the state’s Homeland Security Advisor since October 2001.

Source: Department of Public Safety
Last Updated at: October 12, 2007 12:53:48