Connecticut Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection

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Connecticut Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $144,095,381
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  General Statutes of Connecticut, 22a-439-2
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Robert Klee.jpg
Name:  Robert Klee
Assumed office:  February 3, 2014
Compensation:  $150,720
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The Connecticut Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection is a state executive position in the Connecticut state government. The commissioner oversees the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, which seeks to protect the state's environment through regulation and conservation efforts. The commissioner is a nonpartisan appointee of the governor.[1]

Current officeholder

The current acting commissioner is Robert Klee. Klee was appointment by Governor Dan Malloy (D) on January 23, 2014, and he took office on February 3. Klee succeeded Daniel Esty, who was first appointed by Malloy in March 2011 and resigned in January 2014 to return to his previous job as a professor at Yale University.[2]

Before becoming commissioner, Klee served as chief of staff for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. His appointment was confirmed by the state legislature on March 12, 2014.[3]


The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection is established by state law.[4]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 22a-439-2

(a) There shall be a Department of Environmental Protection which shall have jurisdiction over all matters relating to the preservation and protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state. Said department shall be under the direction of a Commissioner of Environmental Protection


The environmental protection commissioner, like all state appointive officers, must be "qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office." There are no other specific requirements for the office.[5]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-8

Each department head shall be qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office.


In Connecticut, environmental protection commissioners are appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the state legislature. The commissioner serves at the governor's pleasure for four-year terms beginning on the first day of March in the year of his appointment.[6]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-6

the Governor shall, with the advice and consent of either house of the General Assembly, appoint each department head in the manner prescribed by section 4-7 and section 4-8, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor but no longer than four years from the first day of March in the year of his appointment, unless reappointed under the provisions of said sections.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of environmental protection commissioner.


As with all state appointive offices, vacancies in the office of environmental protection commissioner are filled by the governor and approved by a majority vote in both houses of the state legislature. If a vacancy occurs while the legislature is not in session, the governor may appoint a replacement to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next legislative session.[7]


See Energy policy in Connecticut for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.

The commissioner is the chief executive of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, which monitors and regulates the exploitation of the state's natural resources and seeks to protect the health of its environment. The department oversees use of Connecticut's marine fisheries, wildlife and forests, and establishes permits, licenses and fees for their use. It also manages state parks, monitors pollution and performs research related to the state's natural resources or environment.

In addition to its regulatory studies, the department is responsible for surveying land and manages a land portfolio which it leases to citizens for various uses.

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection Organizational Chart as of August 2012.


  • Bureau of Financial and Support Services
    • Human Resources
    • Agency Support Services
    • Financial Management
  • Bureau of Natural Resources
    • Inland Fisheries
    • Marine Fisheries
    • Forestry
    • Wildlife
    • Planning, Coordination & Fiscal Management
  • Bureau of Outdoor Recreation
    • State Parks
    • Environmental Conservation Police Division
    • Boating
  • Bureau of Air Management
    • Planning & Standards
    • Radiation
    • Engineering & Enforcement
  • Bureau of Materials Management & Compliance Assurance
    • Emergency Response and Spill Prevention
    • Regulation Coordination
    • Engineering and Enforcement
    • Permitting and Enforcement
  • Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse
    • Planning & Standards
    • Inland Water Resources
    • Remediation
    • Office of Long Island Sound Programs[8]

State budget

See also: Connecticut state budget and finances

The budget for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $144,095,381.[9]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The commissioner's salary is determined by law.


In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $150,720, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $134,093. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[11]


In 2012, the commissioner was paid an estimated $134,093. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 12 Connecticut Commissioners of Energy and Environmental Protection since 1971.[12]

List of Former Officeholders from 1971-Present
# Name Tenure
1 Dan W. Lufkin October 1, 1971 - July 1, 1972
2 Douglas M. Costle July 1, 1973-1974
3 Joseph N. Gill 1974-1976
4 Stanley J. Pac 1976-1986
5 Leslie Carothers 1986-1990
6 Timothy R.E. Keeney 1990-1994
7 Sidney J. Holbrook 1994-1997
8 Arthur J. Rocque, Jr. 1997-2004
9 Regina McCarthy December 10, 2004-August 2009
10 Amey W. Marrella September 2009-2011
11 Daniel Esty 2011-2014
12 Robert Klee 2014-present

Recent news

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Contact info

Mailing address:
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 424-3000

See also

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