Milstein gets to help pick her successor as child advocate

Jeanne Milstein will get a say in naming her successor as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named her today as his appointee to the seven-member advisory committee that will recommend a new child advocate.

The appointment should allay the fears of some social-service experts that Malloy might effectively block the naming of a new advocate by failing to give the committee sufficient numbers to make a choice. Milstein’s retirement took effect Thursday.

“I can’t imagine a better person to serve on this advisory committee than the person who so effectively and valiantly held the role for the last decade,” Malloy said. “Jeanne has been an extraordinary public servant, dedicated to the well-being of the state’s most vulnerable children. There’s no doubt that her successor will have a lot to live up to.”