Roderick L. Bremby
Connecticut Department of Social Services
Roderick L. Bremby is serving in his second term as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services, following re-appointment by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and confirmation by the House of Representatives in March 2015.
During his first six years at the Department of Social Services, Commissioner Bremby has directed initiatives in such areas as health care program reform and service innovation, modernization of technology and business processes for improved client service delivery, and implementation of significant budgetary and legislative program changes. The Commissioner has worked with the Governor’s Office, Office of Policy and Management and Department of Administrative Services’ Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology to modernize the agency’s technology and service infrastructure during a time of increased applications and program enrollment.
Agency accomplishments under Commissioner Bremby have included:
Commissioner Bremby is a member of several executive panels in state government, including the Governor’s Health Care Cabinet, Governor’s Certificate of Need Taskforce, Access Health CT Board of Directors, Health Information Technology Strategic and Operational Planning Group (co-chair), Basic Health Plan Work Group, Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, and Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap. He also serves as chair of the American Public Human Services Association Leadership Council and as a member of the association’s Executive Governing Board.
Commissioner Bremby joined Connecticut state government in April 2011 after an extensive public-sector career in Kansas and Texas, and academic service at the University of Kansas.
From 2003 to 2010, Commissioner Bremby served as the Secretary (chief executive officer) of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, that state’s combined public health and environmental protection agency. Appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius, he led programs dedicated to providing disease surveillance and prevention efforts, bioterrorism planning guidance, local and rural health assistance, health care and environmental information, and statewide health promotional campaigns. In addition, he oversaw the regulation of public and environmental health functions, including child care centers, hospitals and medical facilities, laboratories, food service, establishments, landfills, confined animal feeding operations, and construction and operating permits for all companies with the potential to pollute the environment.
From 2000 to 2003, Commissioner Bremby served as an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kansas, where he also served as Associate Director of the university’s Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development, and coordinated the launch of the Institute for Community Health and Development.
At the municipal government level, Commissioner Bremby was Assistant City Manager of Lawrence, Kansas, from 1990 to 2000, serving as chief operating officer responsible for police, fire and medical, public works, water and sewer, parks and recreation, finance, information systems, airport management, and budget preparation functions. The Commissioner’s municipal experience also includes four years as an Assistant to the City Manager in Fort Worth, Texas.
Commissioner Bremby has contributed volunteer services to many civic endeavors, including service on the Boards of Kansas Action for Children, and the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. He co-founded the Lawrence Partnership for Children and Youth, a group fostering community collaboration on behalf of the well-being of children and youth. He is a past president of the Lawrence, Kansas, branch of the NAACP.
The Commissioner holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and psychology, and a master of public administration degree, both from the University of Kansas.
Awards and recognition include the American Public Human Services Association’s 2017 Outstanding State Member Award for leadership in advancing integration of health and human services, improving outcomes for beneficiaries, and national policy advocacy with the association; national Sierra Club’s 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award; the Roderick Bremby Award for Exceptional Courage by a Public Official, 2011, from the Breaking the Silence Conference, a Kansas environmental public interest organization; the 2010 Kansas Public Health Association President’s Award; the 2009 Kansas Natural Resource Council Environmental Action Award; and the 2008 Kansas Public Administrator of the Year recognition from that state’s Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.
About the Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services delivers and funds a wide range of programs and services as Connecticut’s multi-faceted health and human services agency. DSS serves about 1 million residents of all ages in all 169 cities and towns, supporting the basic needs of children, families, older and other adults, including persons with disabilities. With service partners, the agency provides federal/state food and financial aid, health care coverage, independent living and home care services, social work services, child support services, home-heating aid, protective services for older adults, and additional vital assistance. DSS has 1,700 dedicated staff led by Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby, with services delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, and online and phone access options. www.ct.gov/dss
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Updated May 2017
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