For Immediate Release - June 12, 2013

Secretary Sullivan Announces Jack Murray as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

BOSTON – Wednesday June 12, 2013 – Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan today announced Department of Conservation and Recreation Deputy Commissioner Jack Murray as commissioner of DCR, effective June 22. Current DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert will leave the Patrick Administration for an opportunity as Vice Chancellor of Government Relations and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

“Jack has proven himself a strong leader and tireless advocate for the people who use our parks and other public facilities, and I am thrilled to have him lead this important department,” said Governor Patrick. “Commissioner Lambert did a tremendous job over the past two years working to restore and better protect our resources for Massachusetts residents and tourists.  I thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck in his new role.”

Murray has served as Deputy Commissioner at DCR since 2007, managing the operations of the Massachusetts State Park system and all of its divisions and bureaus with an annual operating budget of $75 million. He assists in managing the department’s 1,000 full time and 3,000 seasonal employees.

“Jack will be a tremendous asset to our team and the Patrick Administration in his new role. Jack will continue the important work DCR does to protect the Commonwealth’s many resources and offer recreational opportunities to residents and visitors,” said Secretary Sullivan. “I thank Commissioner Lambert for his tireless service over the last two years and congratulate him on his new opportunity at the University of Massachusetts Boston.”

DCR works to improve outdoor recreational opportunities by restoring and improving state-owned facilities for use by Massachusetts residents and visitors. The Department is also response for conserving the Commonwealth’s natural resources.

Murray has extensive experience in transportation and environmental management in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, he worked for the United States Public Health Service and e Hands On Network to coordinate recovery and relief activities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Biloxi following Hurricane Katrina. Murray is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Massachusetts Boston.