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WESTPORT — Thomas D. Kiely, who has more than two decades experience in law enforcement with Connecticut State Police, has been hired as the town’s new operations director by First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker.

He takes over the position left vacant when Sara Harris, who held the job under then-First Selectman Jim Marpe, stepped down in August 2021.

In the interim, Lynn Scully, the town’s audit manager and senior accountant, has filled the post.

Kiely’s, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be paid a salary of $125,000. He will report directly to the first selectwoman.

A graduate of Plymouth State University in Plymouth N.H., Kiely earned a bachelor of science degree in public management, Tooker said in Tuesday’s announcement.

He was employed 21 years by the State Police, serving in various roles and supervisory positions, including 11 years as a detective with the major crimes unit. He received numerous honors and leadership citations, including State Police Outstanding Service Awards, the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Connecticut Department of Justice Award and multiple Unit citation Awards, citing “outstanding service and performance for exceptional investigative efforts,” according to the announcement.

“My entire professional life has been in public service,” Kiely is quoted in the announcement. “I am very excited to begin a new career as the operations director of this great community. 

“I look forward to meeting new people, accepting new challenges and collaborating with the team of town employees, business owners and residents — confident that I bring a fresh perspective and life experience to this important role in town government,” he added.

Tooker, in her statement welcoming Kiely, said, “I know that his experience and skill set are well suited to this unique position within the Selectwoman’s Office. I am looking forward to a positive working relationship where we are able to accomplish the many goals my administration has set on behalf of all Westporters.”

The first selectwoman also thanked Scully for carrying out the operations director role for more than a year on an interim basis.

Scully’s work “was exceptional. Her input, advice and guidance as she deftly managed the multiple jobs that we asked her to perform on behalf of the town were invaluable, and we owe her a debt of gratitude,” Tooker said.

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