07.31.09

Obama Nominates Former Police Chief David Demag To Be Vermont U.S. Marshal

. . . Leahy Recommended Vermont Law Enforcement Veteran

President Obama on Friday nominated former Essex Jct. and St. Albans Police Chief David E. Demag to be the next U.S. Marshal for the state of Vermont.  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) recommended Demag, a decorated law enforcement veteran, to the President earlier this year.
 
“Vermont has benefited from David Demag’s service for nearly 40 years,” said Leahy.  “He is a decorated law enforcement veteran who has worked at every level.  He has a track record of bringing people together to address important issues, and will be a valuable leader in Vermont’s continuing fight to combat drug and violent crime.  That he is among the President’s first U.S. Marshal nominees is evidence of the experience and know-how he will bring to the job.”
 
Demag will lead Vermont’s U.S. Marshals Service office, which has a budget of more than $4 million and a staff of about 35 in three Vermont offices located in Burlington, Rutland and Brattleboro.  He started his law enforcement career with the Burlington Police Department in 1971, and rose to the rank of Commander.  He went on to serve as police chief in St. Albans and Essex Jct.  Chief Demag is a fourth-generation Vermont law enforcement veteran.  His great grandfather was head of police in Essex Jct. in the early 1900s.
 
As the senior U.S. Senator of the President’s party, Leahy, who is a former prosecutor, forwarded his recommendation of Demag to President Obama in March.  Leahy also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and will oversee the confirmation process of Demag’s nomination.
The U.S. 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.

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