Montpelier, Vt. — Governor Phil Scott has appointed former Agency of Administration Secretary Susanne Young to serve out the final six months of departing Attorney General TJ Donovan’s term in office.

Donovan announced earlier this month that he would step down June 20 and accept a job as director of public policy and U.S. state strategies for Roblox, an online gaming platform. 

Young’s appointment will be effective July 5th, Scott said.

“There are few with the experience and skillset needed to ensure this important office is stable and fully prepared to help transition to a newly elected attorney general in January,” Scott said. “Susanne is the embodiment of public service, and it is especially meaningful that she will be the first woman to serve as Vermont’s top law enforcement officer.” 

Young thanked Scott for the appointment and said she is “honored and excited” to return to the Attorney General’s office.

“The services provided by the team of talented attorneys and staff, whether it be prosecuting serious crime, protecting consumers and the environment, or advising state officials, are of critical importance to Vermonters and I will work with them to transfer a highly functioning office to a new attorney general in a seamless transition,” she said.