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Wilton Adds Director Of Facilities And Energy Management To Cut Town Costs

Christopher M. Burney is the new director of facilities and energy management for Wilton.
Christopher M. Burney is the new director of facilities and energy management for Wilton. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton has a new director of facilities and energy management who is tasked with helping the town to lower energy costs and cut capital expenditures, First Selectman Bill Brennan announced.

Christopher M. Burney has been in the position since Sept. 1.

“Chris is exactly the person we need to provide the technical expertise and vision to develop energy conservation and capital project management initiatives for the town-owned facilities, one of the town’s greatest assets," Brennan said.

"Chris’s responsibilities will include planning, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive public facility plans, monitoring public facility construction and renovation projects, and overseeing the town of Wilton Energy Management Plans. The goal is to achieve net long-term cost savings for the town by reducing capital expenditures and lower energy costs over time," Brennan said.

"We believe the depth of Chris’s experience and proven leadership skills make this goal achievable.”

Burney earned a master of science degree in engineering management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has over 30 years of experience working for some of the largest healthcare institutions in Connecticut and most recently at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.

He has held director of engineering or facilities management positions tasked with addressing the management and plant challenges found in operating hospitals and trauma centers. Burney brings technical, financial, and personnel management expertise  to the newly created job of director of facilities and energy management in Wilton.

“It has been a goal of my administration to put a management structure in place that will ensure responsible, fiscally sound maintenance of the town’s facilities, now and for the future," Brennan said. "Chris’s hiring is key to the success of this essential town objective.”

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