DSS Commissioner Bremby a finalist for Texas job

This is a picture of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.

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Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.

Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby confirmed Monday that he is one of three finalists for the city manager job in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bremby said he was not looking for another job but had been recruited for the position by an executive search firm.

“It is too early to tell which candidate Fort Worth will end up selecting — or if I will accept the position, if offered,” Bremby said in a statement. “I am not looking to leave [the Department of Social Services] and Connecticut, but Fort Worth’s recruitment represents an interesting opportunity.”

“While I am pleased at being a finalist and open to the conversation, I do not intend to leave the department at this time,” Bremby added.

Fort Worth officials plan to conduct additional interviews with the finalists for the job this month and put them through oral and written exercises, according to the Fort Worth Business Press.

Bremby said he notified Gov. Dannel P. Malloy about the matter last week. Fort Worth wouldn’t be new to Bremby: He spent four years there as assistant to the city manager.

Bremby has led the Connecticut Department of Social Services since 2011. He came to Connecticut after serving as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. In Kansas, he worked for several years under then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who later became secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — and who recommended Bremby to Malloy.

In Connecticut, Bremby has led an effort to digitize the social services department’s paperwork and modernize its technology and work processes. Advocates have been critical of how the changes have worked so far, but have generally praised Bremby for being approachable and listening to them.