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Nicholas J. Deml

Commissioner, Vermont Department of Corrections

Nicholas J. Deml is the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections, where he leads an agency responsible for all individuals who are detained and sentenced and all aspects of community supervision in Vermont. He has served in this role since being appointed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott in November 2021. Commissioner Deml is an active member of the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA) and serves as chair of CLA’s Restrictive Housing Committee. Prior to joining the Department of Corrections, Commissioner Deml served as a clandestine service intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. He also served as an attorney and as an aide to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary – Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights and on national security staff in the Office of the Assistant Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. Commissioner Deml received his JD from Marquette University Law School and BA in political science from Southern Illinois University. He lives in Chittenden County, Vermont, with his wife and daughters.  

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