DelGobbo nominated by Rell to DPUC

State Rep. Kevin M. DelGobbo, R-Naugatuck, will be leaving the legislature to accept an appointment to the Department of Public Utility Control.

The governor's office and DelGobbo reported Tuesday afternoon that Gov. M. Jodi Rell had tapped him as a state utility regulator.

"It means an opportunity for me to be involved in a role that I think is critically important for our state. I am very excited," he said.

DelGobbo was the ranking House Republican on the Energy and Technology Committee from 1998 until last year, when he was named the ranking House member on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee.

DelGobbo said he won't take his seat when the next General Assembly convenes on Jan. 7, creating a vacancy in the 70th Assembly District.

There will be a special election to fill the vacancy in the all-Naugatuck district later.

The legislature must confirm DelGobbo's appointment to the DPUC.

DelGobbo said he will continue to remain active in community and civic affairs in Naugatuck.

"I am so grateful to Naugatuck for its support," he said.