Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris is leaving the agency “to pursue other professional
opportunities,” according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. Harris, who was named to the position in 2014, is believed to be exploring running as a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018. Malloy announced last week that he would not seek a third term.
Harris’ past includes serving as mayor of West Hartford for three years, as a state senator representing the 5th Senatorial District in the Connecticut General Assembly for three terms, as the state’s deputy treasurer and as the executive director for the Connecticut Democratic Party. In 2010 Harris dropped out of the race for secretary of the state, which was won by fellow Democrat and incumbent Secretary Denise Merrill.
In making the announcement, Malloy said Harris “has been diligent and effective protecting Connecticut consumers and businesses from unfair trade practices and unsafe products, while enforcing the federal and state laws that ensure a fair and regulated marketplace for all.”
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman – also rumored to be a potential gubernatorial candidate next year – cited the outgoing commissioner’s work to “strengthen our response to the opioid epidemic, navigate the legalization of medical marijuana, and address crumbling foundations in eastern Connecticut. He’s been a strong and thoughtful advocate for residents, and a dedicated partner in service of the state.”
DCP Deputy Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull will serve as acting commissioner until a permanent successor is named.