Dennis Murphy will begin the New Year as the acting commissioner of the state Department of Labor, succeeding the retiring commissioner, Sharon Palmer, the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday.

“Sharon has had an unwavering dedication and service for the people of our state, and has been a true ally for Connecticut’s workforce.  Her tenure at the Department of Labor is marked by stronger jobs initiatives, robust workforce training programs, and a renewed confidence in Connecticut’s growing economy.  We all wish her the best in her retirement,” Malloy said.

Palmer announced her retirement last fall.

Murphy, who has been a member of the Malloy administration since the governor took office, was Palmer’s deputy. He has more than 30 years of experience in labor employment, including a stint as director of human resources in Stamford.

“I’ve known and worked with Dennis for many years – he is an outstanding public servant.  I want to thank him for taking on critical role,” said Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford.

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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