MONTPELIER -- The American Legion Department of Vermont convened its 96th Annual Department Convention on June 26, 27 and 28 at the Killington Grand Hotel. Officers were elected and installed to lead the organization for the year 2014-2015.

Richard Gray, Harry N. Cutting Post 59 in Waterbury, was re-elected Department Commander. Fred Latour, Morristown Post 33 in Morrisville, is Senior Vice Commander.

Eric Buckley, Squadron 5 in Brattleboro, was re-elected Detachment Commander of Sons of The American Legion. Henry Cleveland, Squadron 7 in Hardwick, was re-elected Senior Vice Commander.

Lou Furry, Post 7 in Hardwick, was elected Director of the American Legion Riders. Todd Garthaffner, Post 27 in Middlebury, is Assistant Director.

Priscilla Kleespies, Unit 30 in Lyndonville, is now Department President of the American Legion Auxiliary. Debra Tiernan, Unit 36 in Ludlow, was elected Department Vice President.