Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont fired state Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lamont didnt say why he fired the states top health official.
“I appreciate Commissioner Coleman-Mitchells willingness to join my administration and lead one of our most vital state agencies, which is responsible for overseeing so many critical public health needs,” the Democrat said in a statement.
“Her service over the last year has been a great deal of help, particularly in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has brought disruption to many throughout the world. I thank her for her advocacy on behalf of the health and safety of our residents, and for being a dedicated partner in service to the State of Connecticut.”
Deidre Gifford, the commissioner of the Department of Social Services, was shifted to become the acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health.
A statement from Gifford was released by the governors office.
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required every state agency to even more closely align with each other and sync our operations to deliver a coordinated response for the people of Connecticut. I am determined to continue these efforts for the duration of our emergency response and beyond,” she said.
The announcement included no statement from Coleman-Mitchell, who recently clashed with a tRead More From Source