Public members are needed to fill vacancies on professional licensing boards

For immediate release
October 25, 2011

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Nancy T. Lynch
802-828-2148

Montpelier, VT – Governor Peter Shumlin and Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that public members are needed to fill vacancies on professional licensing boards.

“I appreciate the civic service these licensed and public members provide to the state of Vermont; we couldn’t do our jobs without them,” said Governor Shumlin. “Their service goes largely unnoticed, yet they are doing important work every day that benefits all Vermonters.”

The Office of Professional Regulation (OPR), a division of the Secretary of State’s Office, is responsible for the licensing and regulation of 45 professions and 56,000 licensees in the State of Vermont, such as nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors and funeral directors. OPR protects the public from unqualified or incompetent individuals among the various professions. It does this by making sure that all applicants meet the requirements for licensure and by responding to complaints of unprofessional conduct against those who are already licensed.

According to Secretary Jim Condos, “The public members on these boards are essential. They offer an important perspective that comes from outside the profession itself when making the decisions that helps protect the public.”

The authority to regulate many professions rests with a licensing board supported by OPR. The boards are groups of Vermonters appointed by the Governor to set the standards for the profession and to decide cases of unprofessional conduct. These boards are made up of a majority of licensed members of the profession, along with non-licensed (public) members.

We currently have several public member vacancies right now for the following licensing boards:

Allied mental health
Chiropractic
Land Surveying
Optometry
Pharmacy
Private Investigators and Security
Psychology
Radiologic Technology

Chris Winters, the Director of the Office of Professional Regulation, added, “A good public member can make a huge difference. The law calls for a mix of public and licensed members on these boards for a reason.”

No experience is necessary. Individuals who are interested in giving back to their State and community by helping to protect the public are encouraged to apply. Most boards meet on a monthly basis for no more than six hours. If you are interested, please apply through the Governor’s office. Call 828-3333 or send a letter of interest and the application form found here: http://governor.vermont.gov/boards-and-commissions.

Secretary of State Jim Condos has over 20 years of elected public service, including 18 years of local government, and 8 years as a Vermont State Senator, in addition to more than 30 years of private sector business experience.

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