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DCR and DEP also get new leadership

PLYMOUTH – Along with the appointment of Former Plymouth Town Manager Mark Sylvia as commissioner of the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER), Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. has named Edward M. Lambert Jr., director of the Urban Initiative at UMass Dartmouth and a former mayor of Fall River, as the new commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

A Fall River resident, Lambert replaces Sullivan at the head of the largest of EEA’s six agencies, as chief steward of 450,000 acres of state lands, waters and historic sites.

At UMass, Lambert led a research center than provides reports, analysis, technical assistance and project development to municipalities, state agencies and nonprofit and business organizations. He served as mayor of Fall River from 1996 to 2007 and previously served in the state House of Representatives, from the Eighth Bristol District. He was a member of the Committee on Human Services and the Committee on Education and helped write the Education Reform Act of 1993. He served on the Fall River School Committee from 1979 to 1988.

Sullivan also appointed Kenneth L. Kimmell as commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Kimmell joined the Patrick Administration in January 2007 as general counsel of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. On an interim basis, he also served as general counsel to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. He has focused on: legislation to merge energy and environmental agencies into one secretariat; major legislative initiatives such as the Green Communities Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Oceans Act; permit streamlining initiatives; wind energy siting reform; the Massachusetts Ocean Plan; state and federal permitting of the Cape Wind project, the nation’s first off-shore wind project; and development and early implementation of policy initiatives such as the MEPA Greenhouse Gas policy, a first-in-the-nation policy that requires developers of major projects to identify, avoid and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Kimmell, a Newton resident, was in private practice where he focused on environmental and land use law and litigation, and argued numerous cases dealing with issues such as home-rule powers of municipalities, zoning and solid waste permitting.