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Lamont Unexpectedly Replaces DPH Commissioner

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has replaced state Public Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell.

Department Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford will now be the acting DPH commissioner.

Lamont says he made the change because the focus has shifted from managing the COVID-19 pandemic to reopening the state on May 20th.

“I just had to make a decision. I thought this was a good time to make a change. I thought Deidre Gifford over at DSS, Department of Social Services, close coordination between the Department of Public Health and Social Services, made a lot of sense.”

In a statement, Coleman-Mitchell said Lamont’s decision was not based on her job performance, and that she was honored to serve her state.

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