WALLINGFORD — Personnel management is a product of the military, said Jim Hutt, who was recently named the town’s acting personnel director.
Hutt, 54, spent 29 years in the U.S. Army and state National Guard after graduating college. The town’s assistant personnel director since 2003, he has been serving as acting personnel director since January. Terrence Sullivan, personnel director for the past 18 years, retired in March due to illness.
Sullivan hired Hutt. Both served in the National Guard.
“Terry was an excellent role model for employees inside and outside the department,” Hutt said. “I’m very sad to see him leave.”
Hutt is being paid $98,213 annually. While serving in the Army, he worked in the personnel administration center at Fort Carson, Colorado. After leaving the service and joining the National Guard, Hutt took a job as a personnel analyst for the city of Waterbury in 1987.
In 1999, he took a job with the state Department of Administrative Services. His duties included evaluating hospital and healthcare data.
Hutt is also an adjunct statistics professor at Post University. He teaches online courses at night and when he finds time during the day, often taking his lunch break at the library.
Town Engineer John Thompson said he has been working with Hutt in filling vacant construction inspection positions.
“He’s been very helpful in working with me and getting a job description that meets the town’s requirements in terms of qualifications,” Thompson said.
Town Clerk Barbara Thompson said she is “impressed with how Jim has stepped up in the interim.”
“He’s always kind of the quiet behind the scenes guy, but he seems to be doing a very good job,” she said.