Thomas D. Anderson
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Thomas D. Anderson is the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Vermont. As Commissioner of Public Safety, Tom is the chief law enforcement officer in Vermont and oversees and directs the activities of the Vermont State Police, Vermont Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Division of Fire Safety, the Vermont Crime Information Center, and the Vermont Forensic Laboratory. He leads a staff of 600 employees who work tirelessly to keep Vermont safe. Prior to being appointed Commissioner of Public Safety, Tom worked for over 25 years with the United States Department of Justice. From 2006 to 2009, Tom was the Presidentially appointed and U.S. Senate confirmed United States Attorney for the District of Vermont. Before becoming United States Attorney, Tom was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) and head of the narcotics unit. As an AUSA, Tom handled a variety of criminal prosecutions ranging from drug trafficking and frauds to child exploitation and kidnapping. He has tried dozens of cases to a jury.More recently, Tom was Deputy General Counsel for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) in Washington, D.C. where he provided advice and assistance to all 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the areas of management and employee relations, government ethics, conflicts of interest, allegations of misconduct, and adverse employment actions. While with the Department of Justice, Tom gained extensive management and prosecutorial experience. In addition to managing the United States Attorney’s Office in Vermont, he has also served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Virgin Islands; as Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney and Acting Criminal Chief in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands; and as Acting First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Acting Criminal Chief in the Middle District of Alabama. In May 2016, Tom temporarily assumed management of the EOUSA Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Office as Acting Director. He also frequently instructed at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina on various topics related to management and government ethics. In addition to his public service, Tom spent five years in private practice with the Burlington, VT, firm of Sheehey Furlong and Behm, where he was a partner and managing partner. He has also been active in his community serving on the Planning Commission, as a High School parent volunteer, and coaching youth sports. He is married with three grown children.