U.S. Army and Iraq War veteran William P. Shea of Middletown is the governor's choice as deputy commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Shea reports to Commissioner Reuben Bradford. He fills a vacancy created when Peter Boynton resigned last fall. The position has been filled on an interim basis by State Emergency Management Director William Hackett.
Shea is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has more 32 years' command experience Army and Army National Guard.
He is currently is an aviation officer in the Connecticut Army National Guard, running the aviation units' standardization, maintenance and safety programs.
Previously, Shea was the chief of staff of the Connecticut Army National Guard and as Commander of the 1109th Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot.