First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that Brian V. Carey will begin his new role as Fairfield’s Conservation Director effective today, May 1, 2015. Mr. Carey follows in the footsteps of retired Conservation Director Tom Steinke who had served the Town for about 43 years.
First Selectman Tetreau said, “Mr. Carey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position which will be essential to the many duties he will be performing for our Town. I look forward to our community getting to know Mr. Carey whose expertise will help the Conservation Department continue the great work it has been providing for our citizens and for our environment.”
Mr. Carey had previously served as Conservation Superintendent for the Town of Stratford for the last seven years. He was instrumental in the 35-acre Longbeach West Barrier Beach Restoration Project which was awarded the Coastal America Partnership Award by President Obama in May 2012. He helped acquire a $2,850,000 grant from the State to demolish and remediate the 10.5 acre Contract Plating site which lies within Stratford’s Transit Oriented Development District (TOD) for mixed use / TOD development. He also started the Town of Stratford’s first Brownfield Program which, to date, has received over $4 million dollars of federal and state funding since its inception in 2011.
Prior to his role as Conservation Superintendent, Mr. Carey was Stratford’s agent for the Inland Wetland Agency and served as Stratford’s certified Tree Warden. He also held various roles and had multiple responsibilities within the Stratford Department of Public Works.
In addition, Mr. Carey served in an advisory capacity to several Stratford Boards and Commissions including the Longbrook Park Commission, the Stratford Conservation Commission, the Roosevelt Forest Commission, the Inland Wetland Commission, and the Shellfish Commission.
Prior to working for the Town of Stratford, Mr. Carey worked at Arcadis, Inc. in Sandy Hook as a Senior Staff Scientist. His responsibilities included the preparation of Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Superfund Site management and maintenance, hydrogeological investigations, groundwater treatment system design, and technical report preparation.
Mr. Carey holds several registrations and licenses that include: Hazardous Waste Materials Transportation Training and Testing Certification, OSHA Hazardous Waste Operator Certification, Hazardous Waste Materials Transportation and Testing Certification, CT DEEP Certified Wetland Agent, CT DEEP Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist and State of Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide Applicator License.
Mr. Carey is a lifelong resident of Fairfield, Connecticut where he currently lives with his family. Mr. Carey is a former graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School and Virginia Tech where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management.
Mr. Carey said, “I feel very honored and excited to take on the position of the Conservation Director for the Town of Fairfield. I look forward to helping the Town keep its historically strong commitment to protecting the local environment while also working to find efficiencies in the current Conservation Department operations to help streamline processes for local residents. After growing up in Fairfield my whole life, this is really a dream come true to be offered this unique opportunity to work for the Town as the new Conservation Director.”
The photo shows First Selectman Tetreau welcoming Brian Carey in Mr. Carey's new office.