Hamden mayor to accept new post in Malloy administration

Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, chair of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. (File)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hamden’s mayor announced Monday night that he will not seek a third term after six years on the job. Instead, he will accept a post in Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration.

Mayor Scott Jackson made the announcement in a speech to the Legislative Council last night during the budget address. In the speech, Jackson said the time is right for him to move on to a new position.

And finally friends, this will be my last budget delivery to you. I have chosen not to seek another term as Mayor. I have enjoyed my time as Hamden’s ambassador. I have enjoyed best of all talking to the so many second-graders in town, learning what they love about Hamden. Second-graders don’t care about taxes and they don’t have neighborhood feuds. They give you the unvarnished truth when you ask them a direct question.
And the truth is this is a great town in which to raise a family. The children tell us so.
But I also think about my friends Matt Corcoran and Michael Bellmore, young men who shared a thirst to serve, but left us too soon. We have control over many aspects of our lives, but longevity is not one of them. It is the right time for me and for my family to approach new and different opportunities.

Jackson, a Democrat, has been very visible on the state-wide stage in recent months. He most recently served as Chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

Governor Malloy’s office announced Tuesday morning that the Governor has selected Jackson to serve as the state’s Under Secretary for Intergovernmental Policy. According to the announcement from the Governor’s office, Jackson’s new position will be responsible for streamlining the delivery of targeted state investments into urban communities and regions in order to maximize their output and extend those improvements across surrounding areas.

Governor Malloy explained why he chose Jackson for this post:

“The health and vibrancy of our urban centers are critical to the overall wellbeing of our state and the regions that surround them.  Whether we’re talking about housing needs, economic development strategies, education concerns, transit oriented development investments, or criminal justice issues, these issue areas are frequently interconnected and need to be cohesively strategized for maximum effectiveness. Scott Jackson has years of experience handling many of these issues in a number of positions with the Town of Hamden and will serve as an effective advocate for the state to ensure that we are unified in our approach to these policies.”

In the Governor’s press release, Jackson expressed appreciation for his hometown, and optimism for his new role.

“Although serving as Mayor of my hometown has been enormously gratifying, the opportunity to join a statewide team like the one assembled at OPM is a truly exceptional opportunity. The challenges we face as a state are serious, but not insurmountable.  I look forward to helping advance a solution-oriented agenda that makes Connecticut a better place to live not only for my mother’s generation, but also the generation of my two young sons.”

Jackson is expected to officially resign as Hamden’s mayor on April 16th, and will start his new job in the Malloy administration on April 17th.

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