HARTFORD –Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that Department of Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, who returned to state service from retirement in 2006 at the request of Rell, will retire again, effective February 1.
“I want to offer my deepest thanks to Commissioner Mayfield, who has literally served the people of our state above and beyond the call of duty,” Rell said. “
Mayfield served the state for 35 years, beginning as an employment agent and rising through the ranks to become Operational Support Manager. She retired in 2003. But when Rell asked her in May 2006 to return — irst as interim Labor Commissioner and then as the agency’s permanent Commissioner – she did.
“Pat has devoted her professional life to both the employees and employers of Connecticut,” Rell said. “That dedication has never been as critical as in the last few years, when a global recession has taken a terrible toll on the hard-working people of our state. Her ability to develop and expand the partnerships between our businesses, their work force and the state and federal governments have made her a vital element of my effort to keep and grow jobs, build a skilled pool of workers and improve our state.”
A lifelong resident of Waterbury, Mayfield attended Crosby High School and Howard University in Washington, D.C. She held a variety of employment and job training positions at the Labor Department from 1968 to 2003. Her roles included Employment Advisor, Employment Security Interviewer, employment and training Specialist, planning analyst and grants and contracts manager.
She has also served on numerous boards and commissions dedicated to improving the community. A founding member of the Greater Waterbury Chapter, National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Mayfield has also served on the Board of Directors of New Opportunities, Inc. and the Waterbury Opportunities Industrialization Center.
Rell in a press release today said that Deputy Commissioner Linda L. Agnew will serve as Acting Commissioner, effective February 1.
Agnew joined the Department of Labor in 1999 and helped to establish its Office of Business Enterprises. She served from 2004-2006 as executive director of the governor’s residence before returning to the labor department.