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The VLCT Board of Directors created five legislative policy committees to develop recommendations for a legislative platform in each policy area in the ensuing session. Committee members meet with secretaries and commissioners of agencies from time to time to discuss strategy and the implementation of laws. VLCT Advocacy staff also rely upon committee members for advice and expertise on specific issues during the legislative session.

Each summer, these committees meet to draft their recommendations. The VLCT Board of Directors then reviews, amends as needed, and approves the recommendations. The entire draft municipal policy is then sent to the VLCT membership, who votes on it at the VLCT Annual Meeting in October. Members may propose further amendments to the draft policy in writing prior to the meeting or on the floor at the meeting. Each member city or town has one vote at the annual or special meeting. Upon member approval of the policy by majority vote of those present, the Board, at its next meeting, establishes municipal policy priorities from among the many adopted policy issues. Those priorities provide the focus for Advocacy staff and the Board going forward.

The Public Safety Committee is responsible for: fair and impartial policing including federal immigration law and Act 5; authority, information, and funding to combat drug-related crime; Department of Corrections’ policy; training and funding to support fire safety volunteers and professionals, emergency medical technicians, and law enforcement officials; dispatch; highway safety; marijuana legalization.

Click here to view the Public Safety Policy.

See below for more information on the committee and related policy issues.


Public Safety Committee Members

Committee Chair
Brendan Whittaker
Selectperson, Brunswick Town

Committee Vice Chair
Charles Safford
Town Manager, Stowe Town

Ex Officio
Jared Cadwell
Selectboard Chair, Fayston Town

Bradon del Pozo
Chief of Police, Burlington City

Drew Hazelton
Chief of Operations, Rescue Inc.

Dan Lindley
Town Administrator, Morristown Town

Silas Loomis
President, VT Constables Association
Constable, Castleton Town

Sheriff Roger Marcoux Jr.
Sheriff, Lamoille County

George Merkel
Chief of Police, Vergennes City

Ed Morris
Town Manager, Weathersfield Town

Jennifer Morrison
Chief of Police, Colchester Town

Brett Van Noordt
Chief of Police, Milton Town

Christopher Violette
Fire Chief, Barre Town

Trevor Whipple
Chief of Police, South Burlington City