- Associated Press - Friday, December 14, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Former businessman and Connecticut Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has plans to reorganize the governor’s office after his inauguration next month, creating a new chief operating officer position.

The Democrat announced Friday that Paul Mounds Jr., a former senior member of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration, will take on the job. Mounds will report to Lamont’s chief of staff.

Mounds will oversee all state agency commissioners and work to drive more cross-agency collaboration.

He will also work with commissioners to create performance metrics and key performance indicators to measure success.

The 33-year-old Mounds has been the vice president of policy and communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation. He was previously Malloy’s senior director of public policy and government relations. He’s also worked for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. John Larson.

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