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Boughton to resign as Mayor next week to take state job

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton plans to resign from his role leading the City sometime next week. Governor Ned Lamont announced this morning that he is appointing Boughton to serve as commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services.

Boughton, a Republican, is currently serving his tenth consecutive term as mayor of Danbury, making him the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. He will begin serving as commissioner on December 18.

Lamont says Boughton 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.  He thanked Boughton for making the decision to join his administration.

Boughton says he's looking forward to leading the department and is excited about the chance to serve the people of Connecticut in the Lamont administration.  Boughton noted that he stood by the governor when Connecticut saw its first case of COVID-19 back in March, and he is proud to become a member of his team as he continues to lead the state during this unprecedented period.

Boughton was in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1983 to 1989, during which he achieved the rank of sergeant. He taught social studies at Danbury High School beginning in 1987, and also served as a member of the Danbury Planning Commission from 1995 to 1998. He was elected state representative for the 138th Assembly District in 1998, and was elected to a second term in 2000 before being elected mayor in 2001.

The position of commissioner was most recently held by Scott Jackson, who resigned earlier this year to accept a role in the administration of New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. John Biello, the agency’s deputy commissioner, has been serving as acting commissioner during the interim.

Boughton’s nomination will be sent to the Connecticut General Assembly for its advice and consent.

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