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Suffolk Water Authority taps Tyrand Fuller for $120G-a-year post

Suffolk County Water Authority has named Tyrand “Ty” Fuller to a $120,000-a-year post as leader of a new division of strategic initiatives.

He succeeds Carrie Meek Gallagher, who left last year to become Long Island regional director of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Her salary there is $143,000.

Fuller, a 16-year water authority veteran, will continue as lead hydrogeologist and oversee well construction projects. He will also head a reconfigured unit that will have a wider scope than it did under Gallagher, who was chief of sustainability.

“Instead of hiring a new director of sustainability to replace Carrie,” said Jeff Szabo, the authority CEO, “I’ve decided to expand the position to incorporate many additional responsibilities vital to our future success.”

In his new role, Fuller will oversee the authority’s recently completed 2025 strategic plan, aimed at creating a model utility over the next decade that embraces new technologies to make the agency more productive and efficient. Specifically, he will supervise a conservation program on the East End, implement mobile workforce technology and run the WaterTraq program, a computerized mapping system to monitor contaminants in water.

Fuller, 37, of Bay Shore, was a lead developer of WaterTraq, which comprehensively maps the underground water supply in Suffolk and Nassau counties to provide detailed data about its quality and the location of contamination — including its depth and movement — to better protect the public.

Joining Fuller as deputy director is Richard Bova, who also serves as co-leader of the authority’s emergency management office.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the names Carrie Meek Gallagher and Jeff Szabo.

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