New Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is as I type this sitting down with members of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce to explain his first two-year budget and answer their questions.
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano just asked Malloy to explain the qualities he’s seeking in a new commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.
DeStefano a while back hinted he’d have liked the DECD head Malloy inherited from Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell – Joan McDonald – to stay. And McDonald initially said she wanted to be a part of the new administration. But she has since taken a job with the state of New York.
Malloy told DeStefano he is very close to announcing her replacement.
“I’m hiring a corporate turnaround expert to take over DECD and all I want it to be … and to build a new institution and be cognisant of our strenghts in industries while we look at casting a wider net,” Malloy said. “We’ll be making that appointment shortly. I’m happy with the direction we’ve decided to go in.”
Malloy, Stamford’s mayor for 14 years, told DeStefano the new DECD head will treat communities and their leaders as partners.
He added this individual will be free to get the job done without meddling from the governor’s office.
“I’m prepared to play a role but have no desire to be DECD head, nor does my chief of staff. We’re going to hire somebody who will be fully empowered to make a new organization with a new approach, calling on the best tools on a national level that can be applied here in Connecticut,” Malloy said.