WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A former Central Intelligence Agency official is going to become the next commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections, Gov. Phil Scott’s office announced Friday.

Nicholas Deml will succeed interim Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker who held the position for 22 months.

Since 2014, Deml has served in various leadership and operational capacities at the CIA, Scott’s office said. From 2011 to 2014 Deml served as a foreign policy aid in the United States Senate and as an aide on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.

“Nick is an accomplished and experienced administrator, advisor, and attorney,” Scott said in a statement. “We are fortunate to attract leaders with such skill and experience to our state, and I look forward to working with him.”

Deml thanked Scott for the opportunity to serve as corrections commissioner.

“I look forward to joining the department and working alongside so many dedicated Vermont DOC staff,” he said.

Deml will start his new job Nov. 1.

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