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Connecticut Laws | Title 4 Management Of State Agencies
CHAPTER 46 STATE APPOINTIVE OFFICERS
Sec. 4-7. Confirmation or rejection of nominations by house of General Assembly. Vacancy appointment.

(2) If a vacancy occurs in the office of any department head prior to the first day of March during the first regular session of the General Assembly following the election of a new Governor, the nominee of the newly elected Governor may exercise the powers and duties of the office as provided in section 4-8, as designate, until the nomination is confirmed or rejected pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection. (19)

(c) If a vacancy occurs in the office of any department head while the General Assembly is not in regular session, it shall be filled by the Governor until the sixth Wednesday of the next session of the General Assembly. At the beginning of the next regular session of the General Assembly, the Governor shall submit the name of the vacancy appointee to either house of the General Assembly as he elects and the procedure prescribed in subsection (b) of this section shall be followed. (20)

(d) No person who has been rejected by resolution of the house to which his name has been submitted by the Governor shall serve in the office for which he was nominated during the term of the house which rejected him. (21)

Sec. 4-8. Qualifications, powers and duties of department heads. (22)(Text)

Each department head shall be qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office. Each department head shall act as the executive officer of the Governor for accomplishing the purposes of his department. He shall conduct comprehensive planning with respect to the functions of his department and coordinate the activities and programs of the state agencies therein. He shall cause the administrative organization of said department to be examined with a view to promoting economy and efficiency. He shall organize the department and any agency therein into such divisions, bureaus or other units as he deems necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the department and may from time to time abolish, transfer or consolidate within the department or any agency therein any division, bureau or other unit as may be necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the department, provided such organization shall include any division, bureau or other unit which is specifically required by the general statutes. Each department head may appoint such deputies as may be necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the department. Each department head shall designate one deputy who shall in the absence or disqualification of the department head or on his death, exercise the powers and duties of the department head until he resumes his duties or the vacancy is filled. Such deputies shall serve at the pleasure of the department head. Such appointees shall devote their full time to their duties with the department or agency and shall engage in no other gainful employment. Subject to the provisions of chapter 67, each department head shall appoint such other employees as may be necessary for the discharge of his duties. He is empowered to make regulations for the conduct of his department. Each department head may enter into such contractual agreements, in accordance with established procedures, as may be necessary for the discharge of his duties. Subject to the provisions of section 4-32, and unless otherwise provided by law, each department head is authorized to receive any money, revenue or services from the federal government, corporations, associations or individuals, including payments from the sale of printed matter or any other material or services. Each department head may create such advisory boards as he deems necessary. (23)

Sec. 4-9. Governor to commission officers. (24)(Text)

The Governor shall commission all officers appointed by him or elected by the General Assembly or by any other authority when a commission is necessary; and shall, when necessary, give certificates of appointment under the seal of the state. (25)

Sec. 4-9a. Appointment of chairpersons and executive directors of boards and commissions. Public members; proportion; definitions; exception. Members; terms. (26)(Text)

(a) The Governor shall appoint the chairperson and executive director, if any, of all boards and commissions within the Executive Department, except the Board of Governors of Higher Education, provided the Governor shall appoint the initial chairman of said board as provided in section 10a-2, the State Properties Review Board, the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board, and the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. (27)

(b) Public members shall constitute not less than one-third of the members of each board and commission within the Executive Department, except the Gaming Policy Board and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Public member means an elector of the state who has no substantial financial interest in, is not employed in or by, and is not professionally affiliated with, any industry, profession, occupation, trade or institution regulated or licensed by the relevant board or commission, and who has had no professional affiliation with any such industry, profession, occupation, trade or institution for three years preceding his appointment to the board or commission. Except as otherwise specifically provided by the general statutes, this section shall not apply to the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, boards and commissions the membership of which is entirely composed of state department heads, elected officials or deputies appointed by such department heads or where the membership of such board or commission is determined in accordance with the provisions of any federal law. (28)

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the term of each member of each board and commission within the executive branch, except the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors of Higher Education, the Gaming Policy Board, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the State Properties Review Board, the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board, the Commission on Medicolegal Investigations, the Psychiatric Security Review Board, the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, the E 9-1-1 Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and the board of trustees of each constituent unit of the state system of higher education, commencing on or after July 1, 1979, shall be coterminous with the term of the Governor or until a successor is chosen, whichever is later. (29)

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