It’s not every day a local name finds its way to the White House.
But that’s just what happened last month as President Donald Trump nominated former Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose to become Vermont’s next U.S. marshal.
The president’s nod comes five months after LaRose earned dual support from Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Phil Scott, who collaborated on the nomination. LaRose learned his name was heading to Trump’s desk the same day he officially retired from EPD after three decades.
LaRose was one of three U.S. marshals nominated by the president June 20. If confirmed, he will oversee all U.S. Marshals Service operations in Vermont.
The U.S. Marshals Service is considered the enforcement arm of the federal courts. The 94 district marshals, one for each federal judicial district, lead over 3,700 deputy marshals and criminal investigators.
Marshals apprehend fugitives, transport federal prisoners and operate the witness protection program, among other duties.
LaRose began with EPD in 1981 following two years with the Burlington Police Department and was named chief in 2012 after a yearlong stint as interim chief. He taught at the Vermont Police Academy for 25 years and is a Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy graduate.
Leahy and Scott cited this experience in their joint recommendation letter to Trump, also emphasizing the role in Vermont’s fight against the opioid crisis.
“Brad understands the challenges of this epidemic and the value of interagency coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” they wrote. “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.”
Traditionally, senators from the president’s party make these recommendations, but when they’re not, the president defers to the state’s party leaders, the Congressional Research Service says.
Scott, Vermont’s highest-ranking Republican, reached an “early agreement” with Leahy, the leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will act on the president’s eventual nomination, Leahy spokesman David Carle said. The full U.S. Senate must then confirm nominees.
If confirmed, LaRose will replace Vermont’s most recent U.S. Marshal David Demag, who served as Essex Police Chief from 2001 to 2008. He retired from the federal post last October.