New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Past President 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 served as the director of the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response from 2002-2019, where he directed programs for fire, EMS, emergency management, 911 and public safety communications. Previously, he was a full-time deputy coordinator and served for nine years as commissioner of elections for Tompkins County. Shurtleff was a 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. He graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Shurtleff is also a graduate of Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse. A licensed funeral director, he is actively involved with his family’s funeral and properties businesses in Groton and Genoa, NY. He 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 for 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.