DEMHS: Hackett Bio

{State Emergency Management Director William J. Hackett}
 

Deputy Commissioner

William J. Hackett

 

State Emergency Management Director

 

On May 30, 2017, William J. Hackett was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection responsible for the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; he had been acting in that capacity since January 2017.  He will also continue to serve as the State Emergency Management Director, a position he has occupied since November 2006.   

 

Deputy Commissioner Hackett is also currently serving as the State Single Point of Contact for the National First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), and has been appointed by Governor Malloy to the State E-911 Commission. In addition, he is the Statewide Interoperability Communications Coordinator and is the agency representative on the State Emergency Response Commission.

 

Deputy Commissioner Hackett has also been designated by the Governor as State Coordinating Officer (SCO) for eight Connecticut Presidential Major Disaster Declarations.

 

Deputy Commissioner Hackett is on the Board of Directors of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). He also chairs the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC) and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Emergency Management Group (IEMG), which consists of the New England States and the Eastern Canadian Provinces. 

 

Deputy Commissioner Hackett holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security from St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Public Safety Administration from Charter Oak State College. In addition, he has completed the Naval Post Graduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program and the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Executive Education Program, along with the University of Connecticut Executive Leadership Program in Homeland Security.

Prior to joining state service, Deputy Commissioner Hackett served as a career firefighter, as well as the Union Local President of the International Association of Firefighters, retiring with the rank of Deputy Fire Chief /Deputy Fire Marshal for the Branford, CT Fire Department.  He holds numerous state and national certifications, including state certification as an Emergency Medical Technician since 1977.  He is the recipient of several commendations and awards for performance of duty, including recognition for three separate life-saving events.  







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