By Emma Cotton
Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont recently appointed three new members to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Board. “All three cite a love of hunting that began during childhood.” Qualified candidates, including a retired environmental sciences teacher as well as a wildlife rehabber, submitted applications – yet never received any reply. Meanwhile, Scott appointed members who never submitted an application, making it clear that the Governor operates without transparency. The public has no information on these board members who are making public policy decisions on our shared public “asset” – wildlife!
Appointments to commissions need to be transparent and follow due process.