Vermont’s distinction of being the only state whose legislature elects its top military official could be coming to an end.
Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, said she will be introducing a bill that overhauls the selection process so that legislators are part of a panel that vets candidates and sends a shortlist to the governor, as opposed to putting it to a popular vote in the House and Senate.
“I don’t think we have any business electing the adjutant general,” White said in an interview on Jan. 9. “We don’t know the military.”
The senator noted that it is the governor who actually oversees the National Guard, so it makes sense that he or she gets to choose who runs the organization.
Gov. Phil Scott has already expressed his support for the idea. Shortly after announcing that the current adjutant general, Steven Cray, would soon be stepping down, the governor called the current election process “degrading” for military officials.