Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson has been chosen for a position in state government and will resign from his post as mayor April 16.
Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday that he has chosen Jackson to serve as undersecretary for intergovernmental policy.
Jackson, who has been chair of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, has served as Hamden’s mayor for three terms.
“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,” Jackson said in a statement. “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.”
In his new role, Jackson's will be responsible for ensuring that investments in urban communities are delivered, completed and extended to nearby areas.
“The health and vibrancy of our urban centers are critical to the overall well-being 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,” Malloy said in a statement.
Jackson will resign as mayor, effective April 16, and begin his new position with the state on April 17.
In 2005, he was appointed chief administrative officer for the town of Hamden, then went on to become mayor in 2009.
The Hamden native worked in former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman’s Hartford office, then went on to manage the Hamden’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Development, which is responsible for overseeing the Community Development Block Grant.