Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz today tapped a Shelton resident for a key economic development post in her administration.

Jimmy Tickey, a lifelong city resident and member of the  Shelton Planning & Zoning Commission, will serve as senior advisor for economic and community development under Bysiewicz after she is sworn in alongside Gov.-elect Ned Lamont on Jan. 9.

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” said Tickey, adding that he believes his experience in the lower Naugatuck Valley — where a business revitalization has risen from years of economic distress — will be invaluable.

“The first step is listening … listening to small business owners, to manufacturers,” said Tickey. “Through listening, an agenda will show itself. We want small, medium-sized businesses to be the focus on our economic agenda. We need to listen to what they want, what they need.”

Tickey said Bysiewicz plans to focus on an economic policy focused on small businesses and job creation are reflective of the staff she has put together.

“We are going to open and accessible,” added Tickey. “I’m planning on putting a lot of miles on the car. We’re not planning to do outreach from an office. We will be going into communities, and talking to people, all over the state.”

Tickey will oversee business community outreach and economic development initiatives on behalf of Bysiewicz. For the last eight years, Tickey has served as campaign manager for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro after previously serving on the campaign staffs for Bysiewicz and Congressman Jim Himes.

He is active in Shelton and the Naugatuck Valley, serving as community campaign chair and board of directors vice chair for the Valley United Way; co-founder of Celebrate Shelton; board member for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley; corporator for Griffin Hospital; and, from 2012-18, as board vice-chair for True Colors.

Tickey, who holds a business management degree from Fordham University, will remain on the Planning & Zoning Commission.

Along with Tickey, Bysiewicz’s other key personnel appointments were Adam Joseph as chief of staff, Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe as general counsel, Samuel Carmody as senior sdvisor for legislative affairs and Juliemar Ortiz as press secretary.

“Our administration is committed to growing our economy by supporting small businesses, investing in infrastructure, ensuring equal pay for equal work, developing our workforce, and honoring our veterans,” said Bysiewicz. “I am proud to announce a team that brings both diverse perspectives as well as strong experience in local, state and federal government.”