Montpelier, Vt. - Forty years of service to the State of Vermont was more than enough to prove Suzanne Young's loyalty to the Green Mountain State when she retired after holding many esteemed positions in Montpelier, from Governor's Legal Counsel to Secretary of the Administration. But her State needed her back, at least temporarily, and Young was there to help.

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Governor Phil Scott appointed Young to Vermont's attorney general, filling a vacancy created when T.J. Donovan stepped down on June 20 to pursue other opportunities. She will serve out the six months remaining in the term.

"There are few with the experience and skill set 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. "Susanne is the embodiment of public service, and it is especially meaningful that she will be the first woman to serve as Vermont's top law enforcement officer."

"Having worked in the Vermont Attorney General's office as a staff attorney and in leadership for 23 years, I am honored and excited to return and serve until the next attorney general takes office," said Young.

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."

Young's appointment as attorney general will be effective July 5.