Windham Democrats to consider replacements for sheriff

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NEWFANE — Gov. Phil Scott has asked the Windham County Democratic Committee to identify candidates to replace Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark, who in March announced he would be resigning his position on July 1.

Clark's replacement will be appointed by the governor to serve out the remainder of his four-year term through the 2022 election. Individuals who are interested in applying for this position should contact John Hagen, the WCDC chair, by email at windhamcountydemocratsvt@gmail.com or by mail at P.O. Box 324, Putney, Vermont 05346 as soon as possible.

For consideration, application materials need to be received by the WCDC no later than April 29.

"There is no statutory requirement that governors select from among a committee's recommendations, though — to date — Governor Scott has followed the tradition of doing so," stated Rebecca Kelley, the governor's communications director, in an email to the Reformer.

The WCDC is considering the following factors in their candidate selection: knowledge of the law and law enforcement experience; business management and computer skills; demonstrated leadership; and experience with writing and administering grants.

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The WCDC is also looking for candidates who support the principles of the Vermont Democratic Party platform. Candidates should be prepared to reside in Windham County if they receive this appointment.

The WCDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in law enforcement and encourages all interested individuals to complete an application.

The committee is also inviting public comment on issues and perspectives that should be considered in this selection process. Public comments and questions can be emailed to windhamcountydemocratsvt@gmail.com until April 29. The committee will hold a public listening session on April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Brattleboro Food Co-op at 7 Canal Street in Brattleboro.

All are invited to attend in person or participate on-line via https://zoom.us/j/628783538.

The WCDC will conduct interviews of the applicants on the evening of May 6, and the public is invited to observe. The location and exact times of these interviews are to be determined.


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