Malloy names acting commissioner of Department of Labor

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has elevated a high-ranking official at the state Department of Labor to acting commissioner.

The governor said Thursday that Dennis Murphy will serve as acting commissioner beginning Friday while officials search for a permanent leader for the department. Murphy currently is deputy commissioner of the agency.

Malloy announced in October that Commissioner Sharon Palmer would be retiring at the end of 2015 after leading the Labor Department for three years.

Murphy has more than 30 years experience in the labor employment field, representing both unions and management.

Before being hired at the Labor Department in 2011, Murphy was a neutral arbitrator and human resources director for the city of Stamford. He also was labor relations director and chief administrative officer for the city of Bridgeport.

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