- Courtesy of the Department of Public Safety
- Jennifer Morrison
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Morrison said in a statement on Thursday. “There is much to be done as we continue to modernize our approach to public safety. I look forward to learning from the outstanding professionals at DPS and leveraging 30+ years of experience and relationships to benefit all Vermonters.”
As top cop, Morrison will oversee the Vermont State Police and the Division of Fire Safety, in addition to the state forensic lab, Vermont Emergency Management and the Vermont Crime Information Center.
Morrison joined the department in October 2020 and a year later was promoted to deputy commissioner, serving under former DPS chief Michael Schirling. She was named interim commissioner last month when Schirling resigned to run the University of Vermont's public safety program.
Morrison's law enforcement career spans three decades. She joined the Burlington Police Department in 1990, rising through the ranks to become deputy chief in 2012. The following year, she was named chief of the Colchester Police Department and served there until 2018.
Scott lauded Morrison's accomplishments in his statement.
"Commissioner Morrison has demonstrated a deep commitment to service, dedicated to improving her communities and keeping Vermonters safe,” he said. “She has been a great asset to our team and will continue to excel.”