A former deputy Vermont Attorney and cabinet member under Gov. Phil Scott has been named as the state’s next attorney general.
Scott has appointed Susanne Young, a former deputy attorney general and secretary of administration, to fill the vacancy created when T.J. Donovan stepped down on June 20 to take a senior position with big tech firm Roblox. She will begin July 5 and serve out the six months remaining in the term.
Governor Scott said Young is uniquely qualified to serve in the post, having recently retired after 40 years of extensive and dedicated service to the State of Vermont. Most recently, she served as secretary of the Agency of Administration. Prior to that, she was deputy attorney general under Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell. In her decades of public service, she also served as deputy state treasurer and governor’s legal counsel.
“There are few with the experience and skillset needed to ensure this important office is stable and fully prepared to help transition to a newly elected attorney general in January,” said Governor Scott. “It is especially meaningful that she will be the first woman to serve as Vermont’s top law enforcement officer.”
“The services provided by the team of talented attorneys and staff, whether it be prosecuting serious crime, protecting consumers and the environment, or advising state officials, are of critical importance to Vermonters and I will work with them to transfer a highly functioning office to a new attorney general in a seamless transition,” Young said.
Young began her service to the State after graduating from Vermont Law School in 1981. In addition to serving as deputy attorney general, deputy treasurer, and legal counsel to the Governor, Young was general counsel for the Vermont Department of Corrections and other departments within the Vermont Agency of Human Services, as well as director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and chief of the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s office.
“This is a great choice by Governor Scott,” said former Attorney General Bill Sorrell. “Susanne helped me so very much as my deputy AG. I have long thought she is well qualified to be Vermont’s attorney general and I’m confident she’ll do a great job.”