Treasurer Denise Nappier today named Jonathan Harris, a former Democratic state senator from West Hartford, as deputy treasurer.

Harris unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for secretary of the state in 2010, ending his legislative career. After failing to win the endorsement of the convention, Harris declined to wage a primary against the winner, Denise Merrill.

As Nappier’s deputy, he succeeds her longtime top aide, Howard Rifkin, who retired last year after a public career that included stints as legal counsel to Gov. William A. O’Neill and deputy to a secretary of the state, Miles Rapoport.

Nappier today also named Christine Shaw, a 12-year treasury employee, as her chief of staff. She most recently was Nappier’s legislative liaison and communication director.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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