BOSTON (AP) — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan has picked former Fall River Mayor Edward Lambert to replace him as commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Lambert has been working most recently as director of The Urban Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The Environmental Affairs office announced Friday the 52-year-old Lambert will lead the largest of its six agencies. He will oversee a staff of 1,100 and serve as chief steward of 450,000 acres of state forests, parks, historic sites and landscapes.

Lambert was Fall River’s mayor from 1996 to 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southeastern Massachusetts University, and a master’s in education counseling from Bridgewater State College.

Sullivan was elevated to his new role last month. Lambert starts his new job Feb. 7.

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