Gov.-elect Dan Malloy’s transition team has received close to 600 resumes to fill close to 100 positions, but Malloy asked the transition team volunteers to bring in more names and resumes. By the end of the month he said he expects to release a list of positions that he will not fill before Jan. 5.
He said those positions are ones that will require a national search for a broader pool of talent.
It’s clear to most by now that the appointment process is not something the Malloy administration plans on rushing and it’s not one that will happen by “plebiscite,” Timothy F. Bannon, Malloy’s chief of staff, said last week.
“I decided to separate the personnel committee from the steering committee in the sense that personnel needs special attention,” Malloy said Monday. He said he also didn’t want anyone on the steering committee to feel conflicted.
The decision to separate the two functions was done after consultation with a number of other governor’s from across the country both in the summer and fall months before Malloy was even elected.
Ross Garber, a partner at the Hartford law firm of Shipman and Goodwin and former counsel to the governor’s office during former Gov. John G. Rowland’s administration, was recently added to the five-member personnel committee.
Malloy told the personnel committee Monday that he will let them know if he decides to hire anyone outside their current vetting process and will let them know why he has made that decision. He patted himself on the back for being a pretty good judge of talent in the past.
So far Malloy has hired Bannon as his chief of staff, Ben Barnes as his Office of Policy and Management Secretary, and retiring Supreme Court Justice Joette Katz as his Department of Children and Families commissioner.
While the video cameras may make some members of the transition team nervous or reticent to say anything, Malloy said the meeting Monday was an example of his dedication to transparency.
As part of his desire to make sure his administration is transparent, Malloy said he will sign an executive order changing how emails and other administrative records are retained by the state.
According to a Sunday article in the Hartford Courant, the emails of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s outgoing administration may be destroyed 60 days after Malloy takes the oath of office.
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