Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Scott Jackson announced Dec. 6 he will be leaving the Lamont administration effective Jan. 16.

He has accepted the chief administrative officer position from New Haven's newly-elected mayor, Justin Elicker. 

Scott Jackson
Jackson was appointed to lead DRS in 2018 by Gov. Dannel Malloy after a two-year stint as labor commissioner.

Jackson, the mayor of Hamden from 2009 to 2015, wrote in his letter of resignation he had an opportunity to engage in a more hands-on fashion with communities of need in New Haven.

Jackson was appointed to lead DRS in 2018 by Gov. Dannel Malloy after a two-year stint as commissioner of the state Department of Labor.

He told members of CBIA's Taxation and Finance Committee earlier this year the agency's main goal was customer service.

"We want to make sure we are responsive to all taxpayers—individuals, corporations, out-of-state taxpayers—wherever you may be," he said.

DRS collected $19.5 billion in state taxes last fiscal year, a 17% increase over the previous year. The personal income (including pass-through entities), sales and use, and corporation business taxes represent 83% of all tax collections.

"I appreciate Scott's service with the state and his leadership in this important administrative function of government," Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement.

Lamont said he is launching a search for a successor. John Biello, who heads up the agency's tax audit division, will act as commissioner in the interim.