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March 8, 2011
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the appointment of Roderick L. Bremby as the new Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS).

"I am truly thrilled to have Rod join the team," said Governor Malloy. "DSS is an agency with a critical mission-having Rod's leadership and experience will help us streamline the agency and provide services to the people who are depending on them the most. I've said over and over that we will not cut the safety net-and DSS and their partners are a lifeline for people in crisis. Rod has an extensive administrative skill set and the right mindset to make the changes needed to ensure we are making progress for Connecticut's most vulnerable residents."

"I am honored to be asked to undertake this Commissionership," said Bremby. "In my professional and civic work, I've been committed to finding ways to improve both how states provide services and how people can better access these programs. I'm looking forward to continuing my efforts at Connecticut's Department of Social Services. Our current economic situation makes our job that much more important. Now more than ever before, people need assistance with basics like housing, food and heat. It is incumbent upon us to meet these challenges by finding smart, efficient and innovative ways to get help to those who need it."

Bremby was appointed to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2003 and was the longest serving KDHE Cabinet Secretary in the state. There, he led a department which had an annual operating budget in excess of $230 million and employed more than 1,015 full-time staff. At the Department of Health and Environment, Bremby refined the employee evaluation system and introduced new systems designed to better manage personnel, purchasing and document routing. He also improved efficiencies through the implementation of web-based systems. Prior to his tenure with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bremby was an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kansas, where he also served as the Associate Director of the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development and coordinated the launch of the Institute for Community Health and Development.

Bremby also served for ten years as the Assistant City Manager and Chief Operating Officer for the Office of the City Manager in Lawrence, Kansas, overseeing police, fire, medical, public works, water and sewer, parks and recreation, finance and information systems. For four years, Bremby was an Assistant to the City Manager in Fort Worth, Texas where he directed the implementation of an enhanced 9-1-1 emergency call service for residents, as well as a new enterprise financial management and accounting system.

He served on the Board of Kansas Action for Children and the Kansas Health Policy Authority, was a member of the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, founded the Lawrence Partnership for Children and Youth, and was the President of the Lawrence, Kansas branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
For Immediate Release: March 8, 2011
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