Malloy reappoints Katz to top child welfare job

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz (Image:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s reappointing former state Supreme Court Justice Joette Katz to continue running Connecticut’s child welfare agency.

The governor announced Tuesday that Katz has proven she has “strong leadership capabilities” as well as compassion for the most vulnerable. Katz retired as an associate justice on the state’s highest court to become the Department of Children and Families commissioner in January 2011.

Malloy cited various accomplishments during Katz’s tenure, including 764 fewer children in DCF care, which represents a 16 percent decrease.

Katz still needs to be confirmed by the General Assembly, which convenes on Jan. 7.

Malloy has been announcing staff changes for his second administration. On Monday, he announced plans to reappoint Dora Schriro (SHREER’-oh) as the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection commissioner.

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