William J. Hackett, M.S.

William J. Hackett

Fire Science, Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

M.S. Criminal Justice, St Joseph’s University

B.S. Public Safety Administration, Charter Oak State College

Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Executive Leaders Program

About Bill

Mr. Hackett joined the fulltime staff at the University of New Haven as a Lecturer in the Fire Science, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Programs in the fall of 2021. He had been an adjunct faculty member since 2015.

Mr. Hackett retired as the longest serving State Emergency Management Director in the history of Connecticut (CT) and was the senior State Emergency Management Director in the nation. At various points in his career with Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Mr. Hackett simultaneously served as the Acting Commissioner of the state’s public safety agency, Deputy Commissioner and Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. He was also appointed to the State E-911 Commission and was the co-vice chair of the United States Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC).

Mr. Hackett was designated as the State Coordinating Officer (SCO) for 13 Presidential Major Disaster Declarations across three gubernatorial administrations and was instrumental with integrating FEMA programs into state managed disasters by developing a Disaster Recovery Unit. Mr. Hackett coordinated the state implementation of the national first responder wireless broadband network known as FirstNet and led the first successful national accreditation and reaccreditation of the state’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Programs.

Mr. Hackett served on the Board of Directors of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), chaired the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC) and was on the Board of Directors of the International Emergency Management Group (IEMG), which consisted of the New England States and the Eastern Canadian Provinces.

Prior to joining state service, Mr. Hackett served as a first responder as a career firefighter, training coordinator and emergency medical technician as well as the union local president of the International Association of Firefighters, retiring with the rank of Deputy Fire Chief for the Branford, CT Fire Department. He holds numerous state and national certifications and is the recipient of several commendations and awards for performance of duty, including recognition for three separate life-saving events. Upon retirement from the state Mr. Hackett was awarded the State of Connecticut Military Department Civilian Medal of Merit and was appointed an honorary Colonel in the Connecticut Army National Guard by the Governor and Adjutant General.

Courses Taught
  • EMGT 6601 Principles of Emergency Management
  • EMGT 6603 Catastrophic Response to Disasters
  • EMGT 6628 Emergency Incident Management
  • FIRE 1102 Principles of Fire Technology
  • HSEM 2241 Introduction to Emergency Management
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