|Chief of Staff to the Governor of Massachusetts|
June 9, 2014 – January 8, 2015
|Preceded by||Brendan Ryan|
|Succeeded by||Steve Kadish|
|Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs|
January 5, 2011 – June 9, 2014
|Preceded by||Ian Bowles|
|Succeeded by||Maeve Vallely Bartlett|
|Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation|
May 23, 2007 – January 5, 2011
|Preceded by||Stephen Burrington|
|Succeeded by||Jack Murray (Acting)|
Edward M. Lambert, Jr.
|Mayor of Westfield|
January 3, 1994 – May 23, 2007
|Preceded by||George Varelas|
|Succeeded by||Charles Medeiros (Acting)|
|Born||January 18, 1959|
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||Bates College|
Western New England University
Richard K. "Rick" Sullivan, Jr. is an American politician who served as chief of staff to Governor Deval Patrick from 2014 to 2015. Before assuming the office, Sullivan was the former Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and former Mayor of Westfield, Massachusetts.
Sullivan served as Mayor of Westfield from 1994 until 2007 when he was appointed commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Under his leadership, the DCR completed several large-scale capital improvements, including a two-year, $21.3 million project at Mount Greylock State Reservation and a $9 million renovation of the visitor center at Georges Island in Boston. In 2011 he succeeded the departing Ian Bowles as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In this position, Sullivan is in charge of implementing Governor Deval Patrick's solar, wind, biofuel, and energy efficiency initiatives as well as overseeing land-preservation efforts and the implementation of environmental laws and regulations. On May 22, Governor Patrick appointed Sullivan as his Chief of Staff for the remainder of his administration.
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- "Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr". The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- Walsh, Ryan. "First on 22News: Richard Sullivan to become Governor's Chief of Staff". Retrieved May 22, 2014.