Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today he has appointed Fairfield First Selectman Kenneth Flatto as executive director of the Division of Special Revenue, the agency that oversees legalized gambling, including the lottery and the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos

“Ken will bring his 30 years of experience as a financial and accounting manager to this integral position,” Malloy said in an email announcing the appointment. “Although we are trying to maximize revenue that comes into the state, we always need to be mindful that it does not come at the expense of our state’s citizens.”

“I am truly looking forward to helping Gov. Malloy and his administration account for additional revenue and improve services for Connecticut citizens,” Flatto said. “I thank the Governor for his confidence and I intend to achieve solid results in this position.”

Flatto has been elected five times as first selectman, the chief elected officer of Fairfield, a community with 500 employees and a budget of $260 million. The town has a AAA bond rating and was ranked by CNN/Money Magazine as the 9th best mid-sized community in the nation.

He is the former chief financial officer of Orangetown, N.Y., and comptroller and deputy commissioner for the City of Yonkers, N.Y.

Flatto is a certified public accountant and has an MBA from Cornell University.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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