Rod Bremby, the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, has been appointed to lead Connecticut's Department of Social Services. "I am truly thrilled to have Rod join the team," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement Tuesday. Bremby served as KDHE secretary from 2003 until 2010, the longest tenure of any secretary in the department's history. Former Gov. Mark Parkinson pushed Bremby out of the job last November in what many viewed as an attempt to ensure approval of the new coal-fired power plant near Holcomb.