On the job for less than a year, Lisa Morrissey has announced her resignation as city health director effective January 15, according to a news release issued by the mayor’s office.
Morrissey replaced Maritza Bond now health director for New Haven where she’s received acclaim for her work.
Why was Morrissey’s tenure short? City Hall insiders explain that her strengths center on professional academic credentials and a strong public face of the department, but her management skills are challenging, especially during a health crisis in the state’s most populous city.
She was also receiving pushback from several politicians unhappy with her management who began a clandestine campaign to oust her.
In addition, the former Danbury health official balked at moving into Bridgeport, something that has brought criticism in the OIB comments section. She has now left two positions during the Covid crisis. Is New Milford her next stop?
Tammy Papa, who has served city government in several roles for nearly 30 years, including the city’s Lighthouse Program and Deputy Housing Code Director Audrey Gaines, will manage daily operations of the health department with oversight from the Chief Administrator’s Office and support provided by the State of Connecticut, according to the release.
The search and selection for a new Health Director will be announced in the coming weeks.