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Former KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby to be commissioner for Connecticut Department of Social Services

March 8, 2011

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Boys and Girls Club to lose Janet Bremby as executive director

The departure of Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby to Connecticut will leave another hole in Lawrence. His wife, Janet Bremby, has been the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence for 12 years.

Janet Bremby said Tuesday that she will stay in Lawrence for the next few months as the Boys and Girls Club board searches for a replacement. When a new executive director is found, Janet Bremby plans to complete the move to Connecticut to be with her husband.

The Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization, serves about 1,200 children every day.

“I’m very supportive of Rod and really excited about this new opportunity,” Janet Bremby said.

Former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby talked in public for the first time since being removed from office in November. He was speaking to students at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby talked in public for the first time since being removed from office in November. He was speaking to students at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby is leaving Kansas to serve as head of a state agency in Connecticut.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday that Bremby would be the commissioner for the state’s Department of Social Services.

Malloy noted that Bremby had the “right mindset to make the changes needed to ensure we are making progress for Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents.”

Bremby was contacted by the governor’s administration team about the position, which will start in April.

“I was surprised. It was also clear to me that they had done their homework. They were well aware of many of the issues in Kansas and many of the issues I was involved with and facing at the KDHE,” Bremby said.

Bremby, a Lawrence resident and former assistant city manager for the city of Lawrence, was removed as KDHE secretary in November.

In 2007, Bremby became a controversial figure across the state when he denied Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s permit to build two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas. His denial was based on the plants’ potential contribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

It was a decision that was supported by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who appointed Bremby to the position in 2003.

In 2009, Mark Parkinson overturned that decision when he became governor and offered a deal to allow for one coal plant to be built in exchange for new laws on renewable energy.

In November, Bremby was removed after refusing to resign as head of the KDHE to coordinate the cabinet transition from Parkinson’s administration to that of incoming Gov. Sam Brownback. Bremby said he was willing to help with the transition, but didn’t want to leave office to do so.

After Bremby’s departure, replacement John Mitchell approved a permit for a proposed 895-megawatt coal-burning power plant, just before new federal regulations on greenhouse gases went into effect in January.

On Tuesday, Bremby said he didn’t think the coal plant controversy hurt his chances of landing the job in Connecticut.

“I think the fact it was done using the law with reason was something that worked in my favor. But I don’t know to what extent that had much to do with the appointment,” Bremby said.

He also noted that the focus on the coal plant overshadowed many of the accomplishments that occurred at the KDHE during his tenure.

Some of the work he did as KDHE secretary — such as upgrading technology, developing web based applications and finding ways to better integrate employees and services — will translate to his new role.

The Connecticut Department of Social Services oversees 90 legislated-mandated programs and has about 2,000 employees. At KDHE, Bremby had a staff of 1,000.

“It’s a much larger organization in terms of people, programs and resources. But the programmatic work of serving people is still the same,” Bremby said.

Comments

macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

hope he pays his bills before he skips thier loss is our gain

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consumer1 3 years, 1 month ago

Maybe we will get lucky and he will take his thug brothers with him.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

Good luck, sir. Enjoy your new job.

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pace 3 years, 1 month ago

Connecticut it getting a good guy. It sounds like a hard job. They are lucky, he is both smart and honorable. Some of the sour pusses carping forget to mention that they stated Mr. Bremby's career was over. Something else they were totally wrong about. hahaha. They never admit when they are wrong.

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jmadison 3 years, 1 month ago

Hope Connecticut SRS has a good computer department.

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smitty 3 years, 1 month ago

This guy is a political milquetoast looser. A soft spoken voice does not make for ethical values. He help cover up the events in the LPD killing of Gregg Sevier, never could function inside the city manger's office due to all the corruption, then moved on to KU (so has Olin, hhmmmm) before the democratic party moved him to the state for a job that his wife was qualified for, not him. Political milquetoast arse kisser.

Did I remember to say Bremby is a worthless political milquetoast?

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Alceste 3 years, 1 month ago

Membership in The Party has it's benefits, it does appear. The Party (Republican or Democrat) looks out for it's own. Much like Kansas, being a member of The Party in China nets one fine results also. An example, you ask? The lion's share of students from China are given access to USA institutions of higher learning due to The Party making arrangements for said student.

The Party. Membership in The Party has Sam Brownback bringing one of his own to Kansas from Florida to run Kansas SRS: Robert Siedlecki, a low level Political Hack from Florida; has not clue one what he is to do, needed employment and The Party called up Sammy. EXACT same thing happened on this Bremby thingy, I'll wager.

Party Membership has it's advantages.

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bobberboy 3 years, 1 month ago

Best of luck to you Rodney - you tried to do the right thing. Sorry the Koch Brothers ran you out of the State - their time is coming.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 1 month ago

Connecticut wins while the world looses. Bremby could have helped lead the world on a cleaner energy quest.

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cato_the_elder 3 years, 1 month ago

Sebelius evidently has highly-connected friends in Connecticut too. She owed Bremby at least that for consistently toeing the line as her abject surrogate before she decided to split for bigger and better things.

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Connecticut's gain is Kansas loss.

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Number_1_Grandma 3 years, 1 month ago

Good luck to you, Rod. Hopefully, the people of Connecticut will come to appreciate you and your integrity. I've truly never met a finer person who served in the political arena. You will be missed and thanks for all you tried to do for the betterment of Lawrence and the state of Kansas!

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KEITHMILES05 3 years, 1 month ago

Bremby played pure politics with the former governor on this issue. He put politics front and center as ordered by his boss. At the end of the day both these bozos will have left the state and we are better off for it.

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wastewatcher 3 years, 1 month ago

What about bankruptcy? He did not pay his bills and screwed the people and businesses. Wonder why this isn't mentioned as a major accomplishment?

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rockchalk1977 3 years, 1 month ago

I believe they meant Connecticut Socialist Party.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month ago

Best wishes; Kansas did not appreciate the thoughtful job you did. By the way, since you are going to Connecticut, please take Lew Perkins and the rest of his Connecticut Yankees back there (home). They will not be missed like you will

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month ago

Best wishes; Kansas did not appreciate the thoughtful job you did. By the way, since you are going to Connecticut, please take Lew Perkins and the rest of his Connecticut Yankees back there (home). They will not be missed like you will

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Kim Murphree 3 years, 1 month ago

What a shame that Kansas will lose such a talented professional. Thank you Rod for standing against big oil and gas interests and for the people of Kansas. You took the high road and you will be missed. Good luck to you and Janet in Connecticut!

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Take_a_letter_Maria 3 years, 1 month ago

Congrats and good luck Rod. We didn't always see eye to eye, but we certainly respected each other's stance. I'm glad this opportunity presented itself to you at a time that still allows you to see your kids through school.

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