ELLINGTON – The Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved the appointment of Walter Lee, former Chief of the Connecticut State Capitol Police, as the new full-time Director of Emergency and Risk Management for the city.
Lee starts work Nov. 16 with an annual salary of $86,797, according to information provided at the Nov. 8 selectors’ special meeting. He retired as Connecticut State Capitol Police Chief in 2019.
The newly created position Lee will assume, which is under the general direction of the councillors, means he will be the primary adviser to officials on all matters relating to the city’s emergency management program.
Lee’s other duties will include co-chairing the District Schools Safety and Climate Committee, working with school officials, and conducting biennial vulnerability assessments of school buildings in coordination with local environmental agencies. emergency response and state emergency management.
Lee worked for 20 years with the Connecticut State Capital Police. He spent 11 of those years as a command staff member and the last nine as chief of police responsible for the overall management and deployment of public safety support personnel.
First draftswoman Lori Spielman said Lee has extensive knowledge and experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures, developing and managing the budget, and developing agency goals and objectives.
After the Nov. 2 election where Spielman won her fourth term, she said her first priority would be to fill the city’s director of emergency and risk management position, which would now be full-time instead of be part-time.
Joseph Palombizio, who served as the city’s part-time emergency director for 22 hours a week, recently retired.
“This position will allow us to further develop our partnership with Ellington Public Schools as Walter will work closely with them to ensure safe learning and working environments for our students and staff,” Spielman said this week. . “His vast experience will be very beneficial when it comes to participating in various working groups and interacting with other communities.
In a statement, Lee said he was “thrilled to play a part in making Ellington the community of choice and a great place to live.”
When Lee assumes the role next Tuesday, he can be reached at 860-870-3182 or by email at [email protected]
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