Connecticut Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection
|Connecticut Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$144,095,381|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||General Statutes of Connecticut, 22a-439-2|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Assumed office:||February 3, 2014|
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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.
Before becoming commissioner, Klee served as chief of staff for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. His appointment was confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly on March 12, 2014.
The Department of Environmental Protection is established by state law.
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.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-8
Each department head shall be qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office.
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.
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.
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.
- See Energy policy in Connecticut for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.
The commissioner is the chief executive of the 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.
- Bureau of Financial and Support Services
- Human Resources
- Agency Support Services
- Financial Management
- Bureau of Natural Resources
- Inland Fisheries
- Marine Fisheries
- Planning, Coordination & Fiscal Management
- Bureau of Outdoor Recreation
- State Parks
- Environmental Conservation Police Division
- Bureau of Air Management
- Planning & Standards
- 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
- Office of Long Island Sound Programs
The budget for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $144,095,381.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The commissioner's salary is determined by law.
There have been 12 Connecticut Commissioners of Energy and Environmental Protection since 1971.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1971-Present|
|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|
|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|
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79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 424-3000
- Governor of Connecticut Dannel P. Malloy, "Press releases: GOV. MALLOY NAMES ROBERT KLEE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION," January 23, 2014
- Norwalk Daily Voice, "Staffer Promoted To Lead Connecticut Energy, Environment Department," January 26, 2014
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "22a-439-2," accessed August 3, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-8," accessed August 3, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-6," accessed July 27, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-7," accessed July 27, 2011
- Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, "Organizational Charts," accessed August 3, 2011
- Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Budget Documents, "20132-2013 Biennium Governor's Budget," accessed May 28, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014
- Connecticut State Library, "Environmental Protection, Department of: List of Commissioners," accessed April 7, 2014