OJAKIAN LANDS GIG AS MALLOY’S CHIEF OF STAFF

Gov. Dannel Malloy has named Mark Ojakian as his new chief of staff. Ojakian, the deputy secretary of the office of policy and management, replaces Tim Bannon who leaves the administration after the first year of Malloy’s tenure.

Malloy praised Ojakian as the right man for the job. “It has been an honor to have Mark in our administration over the past year in his current role, helping direct the charge on the restructuring and streamlining of state government in our efforts to find efficiencies while making government leaner, less expensive, and more effective,” Malloy said in a statement. “He has a tremendous breadth of knowledge, experience, dedication and character, and an extraordinary capacity to produce results for the people of the state…Specifically, he was a big part of the reason we reached an historic agreement with our state employees that will save taxpayers $21.5 billion over the next 20 years.”

Malloy also noted that Ojakian was instrumental in the landmark concessions deal with state labor unions. “Specifically, he was a big part of the reason we reached an historic agreement with our state employees that will save taxpayers $21.5 billion over the next 20 years,” Malloy said.

I wrote in a Hanging Shad entry that Malloy’s chief legal counsel Andrew McDonald was “in line” for the position and that Capitol insiders wouldn’t be surprised if McDonald was named. That was back on November 10th.. Obviously, things didn’t develop that way. I based the entry on conversations with some “people in the know,” as they say. The Shad missed the mark on this one to be sure. But I will continue to bring the inside scoop on all things politics at the time I write them. I regret speculating McDonald was the man.