Michelle Halloran Gilman was appointed Acting Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services by Governor Ned Lamont on February 11, 2022. She was later confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly on March 16, 2022.
Previous to her appointment, Gilman served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer under the direction of the Office of the Governor and Department of Administrative Services. In that role, she managed numerous COVID-19 initiatives in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and other key state and local stakeholders. For example, Gilman oversaw the alternate hospital site mobilization to prepare for potential surge capacity and implemented the State’s nationally recognized COVID-19 free testing program with a strong emphasis on access for vulnerable populations. More recently, she supported the 2021 vaccine program roll-out working closely with medical providers, municipalities, and workforce partners to ensure an efficient, equitable implementation. Throughout the pandemic, she also assisted with PPE, medical equipment, and testing supply management to meet the needs of our residents.
As Deputy COO, Gilman served as Acting Procurement Director from March through June 2021. This past fall, she oversaw the development and operation of the state employee vaccine mandate program in partnership with DAS Statewide Human Resources and the Office of Labor Relations. Gilman has also engaged in the State’s technology optimization with DAS BEST/BITS to ensure that residents and businesses can interact with government as efficiently and effectively as possible. She has also worked closely with state agency partners to review and implement numerous proposals contained in the CREATES report.
Previously, Gilman was appointed in 2011 by Comptroller Kevin Lembo as Assistant State Comptroller where she oversaw operations, policy implementations and technology initiatives. She also served as the Comptroller’s designee on the Governor’s Council for Women and Girls.
With a long history of public service, she has served in leadership roles with Senator Dodd, Secretary of the State Bysiewicz, and Congressman Gejdenson.
Gilman is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and resides in Colchester with her family.