New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Director Lee Shurtleff

Chief Lee Shurtleff has been a member of the Citizens Hook & Ladder Co. #3 of the Groton Fire Department since 1985, serving as department chief from 1991-1998. He has served as the director of the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response since 2002, where he is coordinator of fire, EMS, and emergency management and also administers the 911 and public safety communications programs. Previously, Shurtleff was a full-time deputy coordinator and served for nine years as commissioner of elections for Tompkins County. He was an appointed member of the New York State Emergency Services Council, New York State Emergency Services Loan Fund Board, and New York State 911 Board throughout their existence and is currently a member of the Statewide Interoperability Working Group. Shurtleff graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He is also a graduate of Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, earning an associate of occupational studies, and is actively involved in the operation of his family’s funeral and real estate businesses. Shurtleff has served as an officer or director for many civic, political, educational and health related non-profit boards. A life member of NYSAFC who joined the association in 1987, Shurtleff served many years as a regional representative and with the EMS Committee. He was chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for two years and had been vice chair for both the State and Federal Sub-Committees before joining the board of directors in 2013.

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