By Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2020

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - A former police sergeant in the Vermont city of Newport is the new Orleans County sheriff.

The Caledonian Record reports that Jennifer Harlow, who was sworn in Wednesday, is the first woman to lead a law enforcement agency in the county.

Orleans County Assistant Judge Ben Batchelder administered the oath of office to Harlow in the courthouse.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott appointed Harlow earlier this month to replace Sheriff Kirk Martin who retired in November.

Harlow had worked with the Newport Police Department since 2004, where she focused on preventing and investigating crimes against children, school safety, the opioid crisis, domestic violence and domestic violence-related homicides.

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