### Governor Jim Douglas and Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville today announced the appointment of Caroline S. Earle as Commissioner of Human Resources. Ms. Earle currently serves as Chief of the Civil Litigation Division in the Office of the Attorney General. “We are very excited to have Caroline join the team,” said Governor Douglas. “She brings a strong intellect, tremendous energy and enormous capacity to this important role. She is the right fit for the department at this critical time.”“Caroline is a proven leader with the ideal mix of experience, smarts and tenacity,” said Lunderville. “She will be integral to our efforts to build a strong workforce while addressing difficult budget challenges.” “It has been a privilege to serve in the Attorney General’s Office working on a range of important and complex cases,” said Ms. Earle. “I’m looking forward to working with Governor Douglas and his team on this new and exciting challenge.”“Our state workforce is one of our greatest assets,” continued Earle. “Despite the many budget challenges we face, we must explore ways to develop skills and training so that employees are not just working harder, but working smarter.”Earle will come to the Department of Human Resources after serving two years as Chief of the Civil Litigation Division. Earle has practiced general civil litigation, including employment law, with the firms of Wilson & White, P.C. and Legus & Bisson, PLC. Earle is a current member of the Board of Bar Examiners, and has served as past President of the Washington County Bar Association and on the Vermont Bar Association Bar Foundation. Earle graduated from McGill University, B.A. First Class Honors, in 1990, and then earned a J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law in 1993. She was a Notes Editor on the Indiana Law Journal. Earle lives in Barre with her three children. Her appointment will begin September 28, 2009.Source: Governor’s office.