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Connecticut governor fires health commissioner amid pandemic: official

Renée Coleman Mitchell
Posted at 10:52 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 10:55:30-04

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has fired the state’s public health commissioner in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, a state official said Tuesday.

The decision was made because of a series of missteps dating to last year, the official said.

Lamont announced Tuesday that he had temporarily replaced Renée Coleman-Mitchell with Deidre Gifford, commissioner of the state Department of Social Services. He did not say why Coleman-Mitchell was replaced.

A state official confirmed the firing to The Associated Press and requested anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. A message seeking comment was left for Coleman-Mitchell on Tuesday.