MONTPELIER — Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott’s transition team is in full swing, working on a proposed state budget and developing policy proposals for his first term that will begin in early January.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Scott’s transition team included 11 full-time staff and three part-time committee chairs overseeing various parts of the transition. Tim Hayward, who previously served as chief of staff to former Republican. Gov. Jim Douglas, is serving as the director of the transition team.
According to Jason Gibbs, a former aide to Douglas also serving on the transition team, several people are involved in policy development, including Republican Franklin County Sen. Dustin Degree. Also assisting Scott in policy development are:
— Lindsay Kurrle, owner of Kurrle Fuels, who is also involved in budget development;
— Ethan Latour, Scott’s campaign spokesman, who is also handling communications for the transition team;
— Kendal Smith, a former lobbyist with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, who is also handling legislative affairs; and,
— Brittney Wilson, Scott’s campaign coordinator, who is part of the Transition Leadership Advisory Committee and handles appointments for Scott.
Degree, who was re-elected earlier this month, said he has no plans to serve in Scott’s administration.
“I’m helping out through the transition and I will be returning to the Senate when we’re called back to order,” he said. “You never say never, but certainly my intention is to return and do the job that Franklin County elected me to do and the job that I love to do.”
Gibbs said Marcia Guyette, a state employee, is serving as an administrative assistant and Karen Pallas, another state employee, is handling human resources.
The state has provided $65,500 for the transition, which funds 100 percent of the transition costs, according to Gibbs. The costs include office space, computers, phones and personnel. Gibbs said some of the transition team members are volunteers and some people are receiving a stipend.
Gibbs said Scott plans to announce “a handful” of appointments to his governor’s office staff on Wednesday.