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Gov. Malloy Announces Plans to Appoint Scott Jackson as Commissioner of Revenue Services, Kurt Westby as Commissioner of Labor

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he will appoint Scott Jackson, who is currently the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL), to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services (DRS). With Jackson’s departure from CTDOL, Governor Malloy will appoint the agency’s Deputy Commissioner, Kurt Westby, to serve as its Commissioner.

“Both Scott and Kurt have provided exceptional service with the Department of Labor and I am certain that their transition into their new roles will be a seamless move,” Governor Malloy said. “I thank both of them for taking on these important responsibilities.”

Jackson has served as CTDOL Commissioner since January 2016. Immediately prior to that, he was Under Secretary for Intergovernmental Policy with the state Office of Policy and Management. He also served as mayor for the Town of Hamden from 2009 to 2015. Prior to being elected, he worked in a number of positions for the Town of Hamden, including as its Chief Administrative Officer, managed the Housing and Neighborhood Development agency, and served on the Community Development Advisory Commission. He was also Project Manager and Technical Director for the Connecticut Policy and Economic Council, an entrepreneurial nonprofit dedicated to improving the delivery of government services.

He will succeed Kevin Sullivan as the head of DRS. Sullivan departed from his position with the agency in May to pursue other professional opportunities.

“I look forward to joining the dedicated public servants who staff DRS and continue the exceptional work initiated by Commissioner Sullivan,” Jackson said. “I know that the Department of Labor is in good hands under the leadership of Kurt Westby, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring to DRS the customer-focused philosophy and inclusive approach we worked hard to advance at CTDOL.”

Westby began serving as Deputy Commissioner of CTDOL in February 2016. Immediately prior to that, he was a consultant for SEIU, where he managed negotiations in Connecticut, as well as in Florida and New Orleans. He has also served as Vice President and a District Leader for SEIU Local 32BJ, President of SEIU Local 531, and as Vice President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

“I’m thankful to the Governor and will continue to do my best to maintain his confidence,” Westby said. “I’m honored to serve the citizens and workers of Connecticut and consider it a high responsibility to be entrusted with the department and its fine staff. It has been a pleasure and privilege working with Scott Jackson.”

They will begin serving in their new roles later this month.

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