(WTNH) — Danbury’s Republican Mayor Mark Boughton will be leaving city hall to start working at the state capitol.
Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday morning that he appointed Boughton to serve as the Commissioner of Department of Revenue Services for the State of Connecticut.
He will begin serving as Commissioner on Friday, Dec. 18, and plans to resign his position as mayor before taking on his new role.
“Mark has earned a reputation as being a dedicated public servant and hard worker, and his experience as mayor provides him with a considerable amount of knowledge on the inner workings of government, particularly when it comes to the impacts certain measures can have on the local level, where they are closest to home,” Governor Lamont said in the announcement. “I firmly believe that a bigger table, open door, and creative solutions will help produce the best outcomes for the people of our state, regardless of someone’s political affiliation. I thank Mark for making the decision to join our administration and I look forward to having him serve in this important capacity.”
Danbury’s Council President will take over as mayor. Boughton said he is not leaving the Hat City high and dry.
“The condition of me taking this job is I sort of would be floating between the two positions, I’ll be working for the state but as needed I’ll be spending time in Danbury just to make sure that…all of the projects that are ongoing stays on track and get completed,” Boughton said.
Boughton is currently serving his tenth consecutive term as mayor of Danbury, which makes him the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.
Scott Jackson most recently held the position of commissioner, who resigned earlier this year to accept a role in the New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker administration. John Biello has been serving as acting commissioner during the interim.
The governor’s office said Boughton’s nomination is being sent to the Connecticut General Assembly for its advice and consent.
House Republican-elect Vincent Candelora released a statement Friday regarding the appointment saying,
“Assuming the heavy responsibility of collecting Connecticut’s taxes after helping to lead the fight to fix the state’s oppressive tax climate would be a difficult transition for most people in the political arena, but over the years Mayor Boughton has proven himself as a skilled public servant. While I welcome Mark in his new role, his appointment will undoubtedly lead to a conversation about our enhanced state pension system benefits that so many of our state employees and elected officials enjoy. I look forward to these discussions about issues that have made our pension fund insolvent.”