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Last week, Gov. M. Jodi Rell had expected to make an announcement about which 60 appointees—agency commissioners and their deputies—would stay and which ones would go. As of Monday there’s only been one small change. This past Saturday Rell announced that Linda Yelmini, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, would lead the Department of Public Safety’s troubled Internal Affairs division. The appointment comes in the wake of a 13-month investigation by Connecticut and New York officials the found a slew of problems in the handling of complaints against the state police.
Yelmini will be given the title of Deputy Commissioner of Internal Affairs, the governor’s office said in a press release. Rell said she appointed Yelmini to the position because she “is an experienced attorney who is both well-versed in administrative law and well-prepared for this challenge.”“She will bring a fresh perspective to what the report indicates is a system in need of broad-based change,” Rell said in the press release. Who will take Yelmini’s spot as the head of DAS?No announcement has been made, but a spokesman in Rell’s office said Monday that more announcements are expected shortly. “The governor is evaluating all of the commissioner’s positions,” spokesman David Dearborn said. Rell was criticized by Democratic leaders for not replacing the appointees left over from former Gov. John G. Rowland’s administration, so once she was re-elected in November she called for all their resignations, as is customary with any new administration. But does she have the guts to clean house when many of the loyal appointees donated more than $100,000 to her campaign? Click here to read the Harford Courant’s article about how the loyal appointees have been compensated since Rell took over the governor’s office in 2004.