Official: Connecticut governor fires health commissioner

In this March 2, 2020 photo, Public Health Commissioner Renée D. Coleman Mitchell, speaks to the media as Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, listens during a visit to the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory, in Rocky Hill, Conn. Lamont announced Tuesday, May 12 that he is appointing Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford to serve as acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health, removing Coleman Mitchell, effective immediately. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A state official says Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has fired the state’s public health commissioner in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic because of a series of missteps dating back to last year.

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he had temporarily replaced Renee Coleman-Mitchell with Deidre Gifford, commissioner of the state Department of Social Services.

The official announcement did not say why Coleman-Mitchell was replaced.

A state official confirmed the firing to The Associated Press and requested anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

A message seeking comment was left for Coleman-Mitchell on Tuesday

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