- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The Rutland mayor plans to put together a six- to nine-member cabinet that that will advise him on the potential challenges of resettling Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the community he leads.

Mayor Christopher Louras announced Tuesday his plan to create a “Resettlement Cabinet.”

“That group will not solely be composed of supporters of the refugee initiative, but will include thoughtful, outcomes-oriented individuals who possess a healthy skepticism of the initiative,” Louras told the Rutland Herald. (https://bit.ly/2aeFDvx)

Louras announced in April that he had sought out refugee program officials to convince them to choose Rutland as a resettlement site. But the proposal has been opposed by some and last week the Board of Aldermen voted investigate whether Louras broke any laws when he proposed the Vermont city become a refugee resettlement site.

An application is pending with the federal officials responsible for choosing resettlement sites.

Louras says he isn’t ready to name his potential cabinet members since none have committed to serve.

“Their input is going to be key for success of the program but also as a tempering force during the discussion … to make sure we’re not all unicorns and rainbows but that we’re being extremely practical and realistic,” Louras said. “It is important from a municipal standpoint and a community standpoint that this project succeed.”


Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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