WATERBURY -- Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Matthew Birmingham to Lieutenant Colonel of the Vermont State Police. Effective June 1, 2014 Captain Birmingham, age 37 of South Burlington, was promoted from commander of the Narcotics Investigation Unit for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Lieutenant Colonel.

"This new appointment helps the Vermont State Police plan for the future," said Commissioner Flynn. "Birmingham's skills in management and investigation, will lend themselves to addressing and combating the changing face of crime in Vermont."

Lt. Col. Birmingham has served with the Vermont State Police since 1998; and has spent 16 years of his career in various positions within the Criminal Division to include as Commander of the Narcotics Investigation Unit, as a Detective Lieutenant in the Special Investigations Unit. His initial assignment was as a trooper at the Rutland Barracks. Lt. Col. Birmingham has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Trinity College; and master's degree in Public Administration from University of Vermont.

The director of the Vermont State Police, Colonel Tom L'Esperance, welcomes the opportunity, "to continue building the Vermont State Police as a leader in Vermont's public safety, while creating management continuity as the department goes through significant attrition of our command staff."

As Lieutenant Colonel, Birmingham will act as the Deputy Director of the Vermont State Police. The last Lieutenant Colonel was appointed in 2006, when Lt. Colonel James Baker served concurrently with Colonel Thomas Powlovich. Through restructuring of command staff, the Lieutenant Colonel role is able to be filled without creating a new position.