Gov.-elect Dan Malloy has announced that Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Joette Katz, a Fairfield resident, is joining his administration as commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families.

He said Katz's experience on the bench and as a public defender proves she can help DCF avoid unwieldly bureaucracy.

Katz has been a judge since 1989 and became a Supreme Court associate justice in 1992. She said few things are more important than DCF's mission.

The 3,600-person agency oversees children's welfare through abuse and neglect investigations, family services and other programs. Its budget is almost $850 million this year.