BOSTON (WWLP) – Westfield’s outgoing mayor has found a new job in Governor Charlie Baker’s administration. Dan Knapik has been appointed the new Director of Green Communities with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. According to a news release from the department, Knapik’s job will have him working “closely with all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns to find clean energy solutions that reduce long-term energy costs, and strengthen local economies.”
Knapik does have experience in the environmental field, having been a principal in the Agawam-based firm Environmental Compliance Services, Inc. He was first elected mayor in 2009, and decided to retire after three terms.
He is the second recent Westfield mayor to be appointed to a position in state government. In the administration of Gov. Deval Patrick, former Mayor Richard Sullivan served as commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and later Chief of Staff to the Governor.