Lamont Names Dan O’Keefe to Lead DECD as Daum Departs for Yale Job

Daniel O’Keefe has been named commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Cevelopment Photo courtesy of Gov. Ned Lamont's office

O’Keefe, along with incoming Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Ronnell A. Higgins, will need to be approved by the legislature when lawmakers reconvene for session in February.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Alexandra Daum will leave state service early next year and will be replaced by current state Chief Innovation Officer Daniel O’Keefe, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday.

News of Daum’s departure comes roughly one year after Lamont named her to lead the agency. Daum, a former real estate investor and deputy commissioner of DECD, is expected to depart the administration early in 2024 for a job at Yale University.

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