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November 15, 2022

Ahead of second term, Gov. Lamont names his new top lawyer

Natalie Braswell

Gov. Ned Lamont Tuesday morning announced several staff changes, including a new chief of staff and general counsel. 

Natalie Braswell, who is currently serving as comptroller, will take over as Lamont’s general counsel, replacing Nora Dannehy, who is stepping down from the role after serving in it since  since March 2021.

Jonathan Dach

Jonathan Dach has been named Lamont’s chief of staff, replacing Paul Mounds, who is also stepping away from the administration. Dach has been Lamont’s policy director since 2019. 
Braswell stepped into the comptroller role about a year ago, following the resignation of former Comptroller Kevin Lembo. Previously, she was the chief of planning, legal, and regulatory affairs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

“During my first term in office, one thing that immediately became clear is how critical the roles of chief of staff and general counsel are when it comes to providing effective leadership as governor, and I will forever be thankful to Paul Mounds and Nora Dannehy for the time, dedication, guidance, and excellence that they have given to me and to the people of Connecticut,” Lamont said. “I am fully aware that these roles require a 24/7 commitment, often at the expense of personal lives and relationships, and both Paul and Nora have gone above and beyond what their duties required. I’ve worked alongside Jonny and Natalie for quite some time now, and they both have the experience and proficiency to fill these roles with a seamless transition. I am confident their shared good judgment, collaborative approach, wide-ranging expertise, and ferocious work ethic will be a benefit to our administration as we continue focusing on our core mission of growing our economy, adding jobs, streamlining government, and serving the people of Connecticut.”

More changes could be coming to the Lamont administration, as it prepares for its second term beginning in January, following a decisive election victory over GOP challenger Bob Stefanowski earlier this month. 

His economic adviser, David Lehman, a former Goldman Sachs partner who has been running the state Department of Economic and Community Development without salary, is not expected to stay for a second term, according to the CT Mirror. 

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