STAMFORD - Stamford has named former Mets manager Bobby Valentine to be the new director of public safety.

The announcement was made this morning by Mayor Mike Pavia.

The Stamford native will oversee the city's police, fire and health departments.

Valentine says even though he has no public safety background, he has the necessary management skills to do the job.

He will be paid about $10,000 for the job, although he plans to donate that money to charity.

Valentine says he intends to remain at his full-time position as a baseball analyst at ESPN.