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Bernard Sullivan appointed new four-star Director of BCC; Michael Bellew named three-star Chief of Cleaning Operations

October 24,2007 | Vito A. Turso/Kathy Dawkins

Press Release # 07-51, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty has appointed two Department veterans to key positions on the Department's uniformed executive management team.  Bernard Sullivan has been named the new Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection (BCC); Michael Bellew has been appointed as the new Chief of Cleaning Operations.  Both have 26 years of service with the DSNY.

Commissioner Doherty said: "Bernard Sullivan and Michael Bellew bring a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to their new positions. As Director of BCC, four-star Chief Sullivan has a vast knowledge of the Department's cleaning, collection and snow removal protocols.  His leadership skills will enable the DSNY to continue providing a high standard of service to New Yorkers that they have come to expect. Chief Bellew, in his capacity as the Chief of Cleaning Operations, will carry on the Department's commitment to maintaining clean streets.  Both men are dynamic managers who know what is required to sustain the current record-breaking street cleanliness levels that have made New York City streets the cleanest they have been in 33 years."    

Chief Sullivan succeeds Chief Anthony Etergineoso, who retired earlier this month after 37 years with the DSNY.  As the Director of BCC, Chief Sullivan will report to First Deputy Commissioner Michael A. Bimonte.  Chief Bellew fills the vacancy created by Chief Sullivan's promotion to the top uniformed spot. 

Bernard Sullivan - Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection
As Director of BCC, Chief Sullivan is responsible for the policy and management of the Bureau, managing its $550 million budget, supervising the Bureau's 7,650 employees, and creating, implementing, and monitoring new cleaning and collection initiatives.
Chief Sullivan joined the DSNY in 1981 as a Sanitation Worker assigned to the Bronx 8 District Garage which covers Riverdale.  He rose steadily through the ranks to various supervisory positions within BCC serving as Assistant Chief and ultimately Chief of the Bureau Operations Office;  and most recently Chief of Cleaning Operations.  Among his many achievements, Chief Sullivan is credited with directing the Department's snow operations for three winters and 26 storms - which included the management of over 7,000 uniformed employees and the  utilization of over 2,000 pieces of equipment for snow fighting; managing the Department's equipment and fuel operations during the post September 11th clean-up efforts; carrying out the Department's policies and procedures  for street cleaning initiatives such as Operation N.I.C.E, and servicing 25,000 litter baskets citywide.

Chief Sullivan was recognized as the Department's 'Supervisor of the Quarter' in 1988 and 'General Superintendent I of the Quarter' in 1992. He completed the Mayor's Leadership Institute in 1995 and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2005. He and his family live in Rockland County, New York.

Michael Bellew - Chief of Cleaning Operations
Chief Michael Bellew started his career in 1981 as a Sanitation Worker assigned to Manhattan 12 District Garage covering the Washington Heights and Inwood sections of the borough. Over his career, three-star Chief Bellew rose steadily through the ranks serving as Supervisor, General Superintendent I, Deputy Chief then Assistant Chief of Cleaning, until being promoted to his new position as Chief of Cleaning Operations. 

In his new post, Chief Bellew is responsible for the day-to-day cleaning of the City's 6,000 miles of streets, collection of 25,000 litter baskets and cleaning of City-owned and private lots, coordinating the removal of derelict vehicles from City streets, and analyzing 'scorecard' data to manage citywide cleaning resources.    

Chief Bellew is also responsible for major New York City event clean-ups such as the ING New York City Marathon, Times Square New Year's celebration, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and other parades and festive occasions throughout the five boroughs.

Chief Bellew is credited with implementing a work plan and schedule for 800 Work Experience Program (WEP) participants citywide, supervising the Cleaning Planning Unit, computerizing the locations of the Department's litter baskets for more efficient cleaning and collection, and managing the redesign of the Department's mechanical broom routes from three hours to 90 minutes. 

Chief Bellew has taken extensive executive managerial courses in Managing Organizational Change, Constructive Conflict Resolution, and Negotiating Techniques provided by the Department of  Citywide Administrative Services; Management and Leadership sponsored by Rockhurst University of  Kansas City, Missouri; Leadership and

Influence Skills taught by the Sanitation Training and Development staff; online Federal Emergency Management Agency courses on emergency management dealing with multiple incidents. Chief Bellew lives with his family in Hamburg, New Jersey.