- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s reappointing former state Supreme Court Justice Joette Katz to continue running Connecticut’s child welfare agency.

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that Katz has proven she has “strong leadership capabilities” and compassion for the most vulnerable. Katz retired as an associate justice on the state’s highest court to become the Department of Children and Families commissioner in January 2011.

Malloy cited various accomplishments during Katz’s tenure, including 764 fewer children in DCF care, representing a 16 percent decrease.

Katz still needs to be confirmed by legislators.

Sen. Len Fasano, the incoming Senate Republican leader, said Democratic and Republican lawmakers have concerns about the reappointment, saying Katz has pushed the agency in the wrong direction.

Malloy has announced several staff changes for his second administration.

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