Lamont Names First African-American To OPM Secretary, Former Dodd Aide to Chief of Staff

HARTFORD, CT — Governor-elect Ned Lamont made his first two hires Tuesday announcing that Melissa McCaw of Hartford will be his Office of Policy and Management Secretary and Ryan Drajewicz of Fairfield will serve as his chief of staff.

McCaw, 39, will become the first African-American to serve as Connecticut’s OPM Secretary, a position also commonly referred to as “budget director.” She’s also only the third woman to hold the position. The second female budget director was Brenda Sisco, who was “acting secretary” toward the end of former Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s term in 2010 and 2011. The first was Sue Shimmleman who served after William Cibes in 1994 and 1995.

McCaw started her career as a budget specialist at the Office of Policy and Management for eight years before…

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