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.