Scott names new chief of Vermont Department of Public Safety

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Michael Schirling, a former Burlington Police Chief and the state’s current secretary of Commerce, will be Vermont’s new Commissioner of Public Safety, replacing Thomas D. Anderson, who resigned in July. .

Schirling, who has led the Agency of Commerce & Community Development since January 2017, will be replaced by current Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle.

Gov. Phil Scott, who announced the appointments Monday, said Kurrle and Schirling will take on their new roles September 3.

“Both Lindsay and Mike have been incredibly valuable members of our team, working together to support – and attract more – employers and employees and tackle some of Vermont’s top economic and workforce priorities,” he said.

“Their leadership in these new roles will be tremendously important to the state’s work to grow the economy, make Vermont more affordable and protect the most vulnerable.”

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