Baker will hire new welfare agency commissioner

Patrick appointed Stacey Monahan to run DTA in February 2013

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE) – Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Stacey Monahan will not return as the head of the agency after Charles Baker takes charge of the executive branch later this week.

“Governor-elect Baker understands the important role the Department of Transitional Assistance plays in helping struggling families get back on their feet and is working with Secretary-designate Sudders to find the best possible leader for the department,” Baker spokesman Bill Pitman told the News Service.

Patrick appointed Monahan, former state Democratic Party executive director and former chief of staff in his health and human services secretariat, to run DTA in February 2013 after the agency faced criticism for costly management and oversight problems.

Baker’s HHS Secretary designate Marylou Sudders recently hired two of Senate President Therese Murray’s top advisers for key roles in state government’s largest department.

During the campaign, Baker prodded the Legislature to pass a welfare reform bill and then vowed to enforce it after it was approved.

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