December 14, 2018

Lamont taps former Malloy staffer as COO

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Paul H. Mounds Jr.
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Melissa McCaw will become Connecticut's next state budget director.

Gov.-elect Ned Lamont continued to fill out his administrative staff Friday, naming a Connecticut Health Foundation executive as his chief operating officer.

At the state Capitol Friday morning, Lamont said Paul H. Mounds Jr., the vice president of policy and communications for the foundation, will become COO -- a newly created role in the governor's office -- when Lamont assumes outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's seat Jan. 9.

Mounds will oversee and work with all state agency commissioners to leverage Lamont's agenda into initiatives. He will report to Lamont's chief of staff, Ryan Drajewicz.

Connecticut becomes one of 38 states that have a COO or similar role, Lamont's office said Friday.

"Paul is a relationship builder and someone who understands how the executive branch agencies can best be leveraged to create lasting and impactful change on behalf of the people of Connecticut," said Lamont.

In his current post at the foundation, Mounds works to educate policymakers on issues related to health equity and regarding the organization's policy and communications activities.

Mounds previously served in the Malloy administration as senior director of public policy and government relations, managing policy development and the legislative program for the governor's office and the state's executive branch agencies.

He also is a former deputy state director for outreach in the office of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Mounds' public service career launched as the federal grants coordinator and press assistant for U.S. Rep. John B. Larson before becoming his communications director. He also served as commissioner of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, on the board of directors of the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

Mounds also served on the state's Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, and on the board of trustees at his alma mater, Trinity College in Hartford, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.

He was named to Hartford Business Journal's class of 40 Under Forty winners in 2013.

The Hartford native was raised in East Hartford and now resides in Glastonbury.

Lamont made his first appointments earlier this month, naming Drajewicz, also his transition director, as chief of staff and Hartford's top fiscal official, Melissa McCaw, as his secretary of policy and management.

On Monday, the governor-elect tapped Superior Court Judge Robert W. Clark as general counsel and Colleen Flanagan Johnson as senior adviser of strategy and communications.

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