Planning and Zoning – Gary Closious

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Planning & Zoning Commission – 2021 – 2 year Term  

  • Graduated New York State Maritime College with a BS Nuclear Science,
  • Held a US Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer’s Unlimited Steam and Motor License,
  • Honorably Discharged from the US Naval Reserve Rank Lieutenant,
  • Worked at Electric Boat for 3 years as a design engineer,
  • Worked at Millstone Power Station in the Quality Assurance/Control and Licensing organizations.  Retired after 42 years, 
  • CT resident for 49 years, 
  • Salem resident for 24 years.  


  • 18 years supervisory/management experience,
  • 42 years experience analyzing, interpreting, implementing, and insuring compliance with complex State, and Federal technical and environmental regulations, 
  • 39 years experience interfacing, including written and oral communication, with all levels of Millstone management, Local, State and Federal agencies,

Community Service:  

  • Coached Salem and Colchester youth sports, 
  • Taught kids classes at Cornerstone School of Karate since 2003, 
  • Actively involved for 23 years in Salem Boy Scouts/Venture Crew, 
  • Help Special Olympics CT put on their fall sailing regatta, 
  • Delivered food for the Salem food bank during the pandemic, 
  • Volunteer for East Lyme Care and Share during the pandemic,
  • Volunteered at the Salem Library Used Book Sale the last 2 years.  


I will work to ensure the Planning and Zoning regulations reflect the wishes of the townspeople of Salem and keep the town of Salem a great place to live.   

I have been training at the Cornerstone School of Karate since September 1999 and teaching since November 2003 when I earned my Black Belt. I have also volunteered for the book sale activities for the last 2 years.