Senate Confirms Former Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose As Vermont’s U.S. Marshal

The U.S. Senate Wednesday night confirmed retired Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose as Vermont’s next U.S. Marshal.  He was unanimously confirmed with other noncontroversial nominees in the final hours of the just-expired congressional session.  A new Congress begins on Thursday.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Governor Phil Scott (R) had jointly recommended LaRose to President Trump in January 2018 to fill the vacancy, and the President nominated him in June.  The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination in November.  Leahy is a leading member of the Judiciary Committee and has shepherded the nomination through the confirmation process.

LaRose will oversee all U.S. Marshals Service operations in Vermont.  With offices in Burlington and Rutland, the Marshals Service plays a crucial role in protecting public safety in Vermont and is responsible for apprehending fugitives and sex offenders as well as managing federal prisoners and protecting federal courthouses.

Chief LaRose served Essex as a police officer for more than 36 years, including more than five years as Chief of Police.  In their letter to the President, Leahy and Scott cited his experience in teaching recruits and officers at the Vermont Police Academy for 25 years, and the fact that he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

In a joint statement on LaRose’s confirmation, Leahy and Scott said:  “Brad brings decades of law enforcement experience and a dedication to public service to his new post.  His integrity, character and leadership throughout his career will serve the people of Vermont well.”

Scott and Leahy emphasized the importance to Vermont of the federal partnership role in combatting the addiction to heroin and other opioids, and Chief LaRose’s valuable experience in that effort.  “As our state continues to lead on addressing the opioid epidemic, Brad has a demonstrated understanding of the seriousness of this issue and the ability to work with partners across federal, state and local levels,” they said. 

The Marshals Service, created in 1789, is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency.  The Marshals Service takes the lead in security of the courts and the entire judicial system and is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative, working with federal prosecutors and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

FOR REFERENCE, their January 9 letter to the President follows, BELOW.  A photo of Chief LaRose can be found HERE.

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January 9, 2018

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C., 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write to recommend Brad LaRose of Richmond, Vermont, for the position of United States Marshal for the District of Vermont.

Similar to the process we used to recommend Christina Nolan for the position of United States Attorney, we worked together, as the senior Senator from Vermont and the Governor of Vermont, in a bipartisan fashion to identify and interview a range of highly qualified and well-respected candidates to serve as United States Marshal for our state.  We have agreed that Brad has the experience, leadership credentials, and character to serve in this important role.  He is well regarded in his home community, and in the community of Essex, Vermont (Vermont’s second largest community), where he has served as a police officer for more than 36 years, including more than five years as Chief of Police.

As we have noted previously, Vermont, like so many states, has been combating the addiction to heroin and other opioids.  Brad understands the challenges of this epidemic and the value of interagency coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement partners. As a police chief, Brad has contributed personnel to the joint drug task force and helped his officers transition into, and out of, undercover work.  He has also taught both basic recruits and experienced officers at the Vermont Police Academy for 25 years.  In addition, he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has an associate degree in Law Enforcement and a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies.

Over his 37-year law enforcement career, Brad has earned reputation as a leader of integrity and high standards who gets results. We are confident that Brad would make an excellent United States Marshal for the State of Vermont.

We are proud to join together to recommend Brad for this important vacancy and ask that you consider him for nomination. 

Thank you for your consideration.  We look forward to working with you.


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