Connecticut governor appoints new legal adviser

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is naming Karen Buffkin, a veteran attorney in state and local government, as the new legal counsel to the governor’s office.

Karen Buffkin, who lives in the town of Lebanon, will take over the position on Jan. 7. She’ll replace Luke Bronin, who is joining the law firm of Hinckley Allen and has said he’s strongly considering running for mayor of Hartford.

Buffkin currently serves as deputy secretary of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and has played a key role in state budget matters. She previously served as the agency’s undersecretary for legal affairs.

Before OPM, Buffkin was general counsel for the state Board of Labor Relations and Comptroller. She has also served as a legal adviser to the city of Hartford.

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