Lamont taps DCF’s first African-American commissioner


Two days from inauguration, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont on Monday tapped a regional administrator at the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) to lead the agency.

Lamont, who will be sworn into office Wednesday at Hartford’s State Armory, on Monday afternoon nominated Vannessa Dorantes to oversee the agency that provides programs for children, families and communities throughout Connecticut.

She begins work Wednesday as commissioner-designate as her nomination must be approved by the state’s General Assembly.

Dorantes, a Bristol resident, will become DCF’s first African-American commissioner.

She will earn the same salary as outgoing DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, a spokesman for Lamont’s transition team said Monday. Katz’s annual salary is $172,291, according to the state…

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