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Lee named new chief of Conn. Capitol police

June 21, 2010

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut lawmakers have named Walter Lee Jr. as the new chief of the State Capitol Police Department.

Legislators announced Lee's appointment on Monday, following a nationwide search. He succeeds Michael Fallon, who died in December after a short bout with cancer.

The 38-year-old Manchester resident was a lieutenant with the Capitol Police before being named acting chief after Fallon's death. He's been with the department since March 1999.

Officials say Lee quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a sergeant in 2004 and lieutenant in 2008. He's been awarded the department's Distinguished Service Award and received two letters of commendation from the chief.

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