HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont’s chief of staff is headed for the exit after more than a year at the helm.
Ryan Drajewicz, who took a leave of absence from Bridgewater Associates to head Lamont’s transition team, will be moving on.
Drajewicz said he’s going to stay on to help with the transition for three more weeks before he goes back home to put his six-year-old son on the bus. He said he didn’t have any immediate plans beyond building a treehouse and picking his son up at the bus stop.
“You don’t do this job thinking about what you’ll be doing next,” Drajewicz said.
At Bridgewater, Drajewicz helped founder Ray Dalio with a 10-year transition plan out of his day-to-day management of the company into a role as co-CIO. Before that he worked for former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd.
Drajewicz said he’s proud of the team he helped build during his tenure for Lamont.
He said the big disappointment was “transportation.”
Drajewicz spearheaded Lamont’s effort to get a transportation plan that included limited tolling through the legislature. However, he thinks his conversations with Washington helped challenge “how we think about our infrastructure.”
Lamont will replace him with Paul Mounds, who is currently the chief operating officer.
Mounds headed former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s legislative policy team before working for a short time in the nonprofit world. He started his political career as an intern for former Rep. Melody Currey of East Hartford.
“Paul knows the building and the building knows him,” Lamont said. “And if I’ve learned one thing this is a building that really runs on relationships.”
Department of Administrative Services Commission Josh Geballe will take on Mounds’ responsibilities as chief operating officer and will be responsible for communicating with state agencies. The position of chief operating officer was created by Lamont and didn’t previously exist in the state government.