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NAUGATUCK: San Angelo working for state's IT office
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
BY PAUL SINGLEY
Copyright © 2007 Republican-American

NAUGATUCK [Connecticut] Former Mayor Ronald S. San Angelo is working as an executive assistant at the state Department of Information Technology, a spokeswoman from that office confirmed Tuesday.

San Angelo, 44, will earn $70,000 a year in the job, where he will provide research and policy support to the chief information officer of the department, said Nuala Whelton, the department's spokeswoman.

San Angelo, who began work on Friday, confirmed Tuesday that he is working for that department, but referred all questions to Whelton.

The former mayor served two terms in Naugatuck, from 2003 to 2007. He also served for 10 years as a state representative serving Oxford, Southbury and part of Naugatuck.

He announced in January that he would not seek a third term because he wanted a job that would provide him more stability and give him more time with his family. He said in January he had a job in Gov. M. Jodi Rell's administration, but neither he nor Rell would say what that job was until Tuesday.

San Angelo's most lasting legacy in Naugatuck will be the downtown revitalization project called Renaissance Place that he helped nurture during most of his tenure as mayor. Construction on that project, which is projected to bring in more than $4 million in annual tax revenue, is expected to begin within 18 to 24 months.

As mayor, San Angelo, a Republican, earned $69,065 in his last year. He said in January that he was told his new job would pay around $85,000 a year. It could not be confirmed Tuesday why the salary is lower than San Angelo expected.

San Angelo's background in information technology could also not be confirmed on Tuesday.
State Rep. Kevin DelGobbo, R-Naugatuck, said he believes the department is a good fit for San Angelo.

"I'm excited for Ron," he said. "I think he has a great deal of talent and certainly the experience in public service. I think he would do a great job in whatever role he was placed in. So I'm pleased for him and for the state."

The Department of Information Technology was created in 1997 to make Connecticut a leader in the effective use of technology to improve government operations and provide better services to taxpayers, according to the department's Web site. The department is working to put technology to its highest and best use throughout state government to improve the administration of state programs and services, according to the Web site.

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