It was a photo op as much as a staff meeting, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met today with state commissioners and other top state officials in an open meeting at the Capitol.

“Only a few of you know me very well,” Malloy said. He started his standard rap about his background as the mayor of Stamford, then abruptly stopped. Sheeplishly, he said, “You probably know that.”

The commissioners laughed.

Malloy told them his management style is to give people freedom.

“I don’t expect to run your department,” Malloy said. “It doesn’t mean you will never hear from me.”

More laughs.

His policy on press relations: “We don’t want to be surprised by anything. If there is really good news, we’d like to hear it first. If there’s really bad news, we’d like to hear it first.”

Malloy and commissioners

An intimate chat with the boss.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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