Magazine article Policy & Practice

In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Roderick Bremby, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services

Magazine article Policy & Practice

In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Roderick Bremby, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services

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Name: Roderick (Rod) L. Bremby

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Title: Commissioner, Connecticut

Department of Social Services

Years of Service: 7 years in local government working for the City of Fort Worth, TX; 10 years as the Lawrence, KS, Assistant City Manager; 3 years as associate director/assistant research professor for the Kansas University Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development; 8 years as Cabinet Secretary, KS Department of Health and Environment; and 9 months as commissioner, CT Department of Social Services.

Rewards of the Job: As a member of the transformative Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Administration in Connecticut, I am able to assemble and nurture a leadership team to guide the organization to service excellence. I enjoy building and aligning systems that serve to make a positive difference in the lives of the citizens we serve. Individuals, families, and communities need a reliable partner in achieving sustainability. Quality service systems enable us to be a partner in support of improved lives.

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: The five professional accomplishments of which I am most proud relate to processes that I had the opportunity to lead, convene, or champion. Early in the first term of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration in Kansas, I convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Childhood Immunization after we learned that the immunization rates for Kansas children were among the lowest in the nation. Identifying and implementing targeted interventions, along with recruiting and supporting a dynamic and committed immunization program manager, resulted in the second greatest improvement of coverage rates in the nation. In October 2007, six months after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Massachusetts vs. EPA, I denied a construction permit for a coal-fired electrical permit due to climate change concerns. This is believed to have been the first regulatory denial nationally of a permit due to carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Upon the transition of Governor Sebelius to the Obama Administration as Secretary of HHS, my initial briefing for incoming Gov. Mark Parkinson secured his support for the passage of an indoor clean air statue for the state of Kansas. …

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