Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby has withdrawn his name from consideration to become city manager of Fort Worth, Texas, saying he wants to remain at the Connecticut agency he runs.

The Fort Worth Business Press and Star-Telegram cited comments from Mayor Betsy Price indicating that Bremby had removed himself from consideration. He had previously been named as one of three finalists for the job.

Bremby said in a statement Wednesday that he was recruited for the Fort Worth position and appreciates the courtesy from the city, where he previously worked as assistant to the city manager.

“However, it has become increasingly clear to me that my real desire is to remain at [the Department of Social Services] and to continue the important work of bringing this agency into the 21st Century,” Bremby said. “I have conveyed that message to the city, and I want to thank them for their consideration.”

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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