Susan Weisselberg, deputy budget director
Susan Weisselberg, deputy budget director File photo

An administrator for the New Haven public school system will become the new deputy budget director for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy later this month.

Susan Weisselberg, who also has served as chief legal counsel to the state House Democratic Caucus, will succeed Karen Buffkin as deputy secretary of the Office of Policy and Management on Jan. 26.

“I’m very happy to be able to make this appointment,” OPM Secretary Benjamin Barnes said Monday. “I have admired Sue’s work for many years. There are few people in Connecticut with her policy, budget and administrative experience in both state and local government. She is hard-working, knowledgeable and has a track record of success. We are fortunate that Sue is joining OPM.”

Since 2012, Weisselberg was chief of wraparound services — services in addition to children’s educational needs – for the New Haven school system. For three years before that Weisselberg was chief legal counsel to the House Democrats. She has previous experience at OPM, having served as an advisor on regulations and other issues from 1991 through 1995 under Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr.

“I’m excited and honored by this appointment,” Weisselberg said. “I was with the (House) Speaker during the first two years of the Malloy administration, and I frequently worked with Ben and the OPM team. I know firsthand of their commitment to getting Connecticut on the right fiscal and policy track. I hope to contribute to the governor’s and Ben’s continued success.”

Malloy announced last week that Buffkin would be leaving her post at OPM to become general counsel to the governor.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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