Governor Scott on Monday announced the appointment of Farzana Leyva

Governor Phil Scott on Monday announced the appointment of Farzana Leyva, of Westfield, as Orleans County state’s attorney. Farzana has served as acting state’s attorney since Governor Scott appointed former state’s attorney Jennifer Barrett to the superior court. Judge Barrett was the only candidate on the ballot for state’s attorney and cannot assume the role, leaving the vacancy. “Farzana is well respected in the community and has proven herself to be hard working and dedicated to the role,” said Governor Scott. “I’m confident she will continue to serve the people of Orleans County well as state’s attorney.” Leyva has worked in the Orleans County state’s attorney’s office since 2018, first as a law clerk and then as a deputy state’s attorney.  “I pledge to work hand in hand with the law enforcement officers of Orleans County to keep you and your families safe, and to hold offenders accountable,” said Leyva. Leyva graduated from Howard College School of Law, South Africa in 2005. She was admitted as an attorney to the South African Bar in 2007. In 2018, she passed the New York Bar Exam and in 2019 was admitted to the Vermont Bar. Leyva is a resident of Westfield and has lived in Orleans County since 2014.