Governor Malloy has appointed Sharon Palmer to serve as commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Labor, beginning Oct. 5. Palmer is currently the president of AFT Connecticut, a union representing teachers and other education professionals in the state.

She has more than 20 years of classroom experience as a public school teacher and has served on the Waterford Representative Town Meeting for the past 19 years. She also just recently stepped down from serving on the State Treasurers’ Investment Advisory Board.

This is an interim appointment, because it was made outside of a regular session of the General Assembly. When the legislature reconvenes on Jan. 9, 2013, the governor will submit Palmer’s name to lawmakers for their approval.

The Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee will consider the nomination and hold a public hearing before voting to send it either to the House or Senate for confirmation (depending on the chamber to which the governor submits his nomination).

For more information, contact CBIA’s Eric Gjede at 860.244.1931 or eric.gjede@cbia.com.