CARMEL, N.Y. - Bruce J. Walker has resigned as the deputy county executive of Putnam County to take the position of assistant secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was confirmed last month by the U.S. Senate and administered the oath of office by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Walker, a Mahopac native, lives with his wife, Lisa, and their children in Pawling. He has been part of County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s administration since she took office on Nov. 11, 2011. 

Walker has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a Juris Doctor in law from Pace University. He founded Modern Energy Insights Inc.,  a boutique consulting firm that specializes in evaluating and identifying risk for critical infrastructure.

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“Words cannot express my gratitude to Bruce Walker for all that he has done for Putnam County,” Odell said. “He is a wealth of knowledge and sensibility and he will be truly missed. Bruce being confirmed as assistant secretary of the Department of Energy is a testament to his skills and insight. The people of Putnam County were fortunate to have him for the past six years.”

Odell said she will not fill the vacancy.

“Just as many businesses continue to do more with less, I have decided to leave the deputy county executive position vacant for 2018,” she said. “I have returned the $175,495 (from salary, benefits, pension and employer expenses) back to the taxpayers.”

As the assistant secretary in the Department of Energy, the focus of Walker’s responsibilities will be to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally.