Acting Commissioner Dowling leaving insurance department

This is a picture of Deputy Insurance Commissioner Anne Melissa Dowling

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Anne Melissa Dowling

Anne Melissa Dowling, who led the Connecticut Insurance Department on an acting basis since late last year, said Monday that she will leave the agency.

Dowling previously served as deputy commissioner and ran the agency’s day-to-day operations while the previous commissioner, Thomas B. Leonardi, traveled extensively. She was considered a possible replacement for Leonardi, but on Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named another candidate, former Cigna lobbyist Katharine L. Wade, to lead the department.

Dowling said she would “deeply miss the team at CID and am so proud of all that they stand for.”

“It has been a wonderful experience and one that afforded me the opportunity to meet passionate and dedicated people,” she said.

Dowling represented the insurance department on the board of Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange. She joined the agency in 2011 after a career in the private sector that included leadership posts at MassMutual, Connecticut Mutual and Travelers.

Wade begins at the department Tuesday. It was not clear Monday whether Dowling will be replaced in the department or who will represent the agency on the exchange board.