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.