HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Dan Malloy wants one of outgoing Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s commissioners to continue leading Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Malloy announced on Thursday that he has reappointed Patricia Rehmer to the position, praising her for working cooperatively with other state agencies, families and advocacy groups to help people in need and maximize federal resources.

Rehmer was appointed to lead the department in November 2009 after serving as the deputy from 2004 through 2009. She first joined DMHAS in 1999 as the chief executive officer of the Capitol Region Mental Health Center.
Malloy also made appointments to his legal team and the Board of Pardons and Parole. He takes office on Jan. 5.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)