Lamont appoints Natalie Braswell as state comptroller


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gov. Ned Lamont named Natalie Braswell as the new state comptroller on Friday.

She is the first African American to hold the position.

Braswell will replace Kevin Lembo, who announced last week he is stepping down at the end of the year due to a worsening heart condition. State law requires when the legislature is not in session, the governor must appoint a new state comptroller to fill the remainder of that constitutional officer’s term.

“The circumstances surrounding the need to make this appointment are incredibly unfortunate and something I wish I didn’t have to do, but I am very pleased that we were able to select someone who has an incredible amount of experience working in the comptroller’s office and can hit the ground running,” Lamont said.

Braswell is currently the chief of planning, legal, and regulatory affairs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Prior to working with DEEP, Braswell served as a general counsel and assistant comptroller under Lembo for 10 years.

She is not interested in running for this open Constitutional seat, which is why Gov. Lamont said he chose her. He said it is important for the public to trust that the decision remained clear of politics.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed to finish out the term of a dear friend, mentor, and model public servant in Kevin Lembo,” Braswell said. “Though I have always thought of myself as a public servant, not a public figure, I view this as an opportunity to positively impact the people of Connecticut and continue the transformative work done by Kevin during his tenure.”

Braswell will take the oath of office on Dec. 31. The comptroller makes $110,000 annually. Braswell earns $138,000 annually in her current position, meaning she will be taking a pay cut.

“Natalie spent a decade working as a general counsel and assistant comptroller under Kevin Lembo, and I am confident that this will be a smooth transition, not only when it comes to maintaining the exceptional public service that Kevin has provided, but also for the dedicated staff who work in the comptroller’s office and are responsible for carrying out the office’s duties each day,” Lamont said.

Lembo’s resignation will be official on New Year’s Eve.

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