Robert Krebs and Oliver Olsen to fill vacant House seats

Fri, 01/15/2010 - 9:03am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced the appointment of Robert C Krebs and Oliver K Olson to fill two vacancies in the General Assembly.
Krebs, a land surveyor, engineer and businessman from South Hero, was appointed to fill the seat held by the late Representative Ira Trombley.  He will represent West Milton and Grand Isle County. 
“Bob will bring important perspective to Montpelier with his long business experience,” said Governor Douglas.  “I believe he will do a great job represent the people of West Milton and Grand Isle County.”
Krebs is a graduate of the University of Vermont and was captain of UVM’s first championship hockey team in 1970.  In addition to his business career, he served on numerous boards, including the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors.  Appointed by Governor Dean in 1991 he served for a decade, chairing the board from 1995 to 1997.
“I’m excited about this opportunity and I thank the Governor for his confidence in me,” said Krebs.  “I look forward to working with fellow legislators to confront the economic and fiscal challenges of our state.” 
Olsen, who currently serves as the chairman of the Jamaica town select board, was appointed to the seat left vacant by the recent passing of Representative Rick Hube.
“I am pleased to appoint Oliver to the Legislature,” the Governor said. “As a leader in his community, I am confident that he will be a good job representing the needs of his district.”
Olsen manages a consulting practice for a fast growing software firm and previously worked as a management consultant working with public and private sector organizations throughout the world.  In the Legislature he will represent the towns of Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston and Winhall.     
“It is a great honor to represent the people of my community in Montpelier,” Olsen said.  “I can’t wait to get to work on issue facing Vermont, like creating jobs.”
The Republican district committee also forwarded the name of former Representative Michael Bernhardt.  Bernhardt subsequently withdrew his name from consideration.
Source: Governor's office. 1.15.2010