Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein will retire in January, according to the Malloy administration. Additionally, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee will stay on during Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s second term.
Malloy thanked Rubenstein for his service Monday in a press release.
“Bill has used his extensive experience in the public and private sectors to protect consumers from unfair business practices and unsafe products while enforcing the federal and state laws that ensure a fair and regulated marketplace for all,” Malloy said.
Rubenstein was appointed to head the DCP in 2011. Under his leadership, the department implemented Connecticut’s medical marijuana program and consolidated with the Department of Special Revenue. Rubenstein said in a statement that he is “most proud of our initiatives in education and outreach to traditionally underserved communities”.
The DCP has implemented programs to provide different consumer groups with information and education including monthly newsletters, consumer information translated into the 10 most common languages spoken in Connecticut and several forums and outreach programs.
Mullen has served as commissioner of Public Health since 2011. Her agency oversaw preparations to deal with a potential Ebola outbreak in Connecticut earlier this year.
“Under her direction, DPH has transformed into a performance-based organization, one that ensures that no one in Connecticut is left behind when it comes to improving their health,” Malloy said in a statement.
Klee, who started his work for the state as chief of staff for former DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, will continue as head of the newly combined agency.
“Nearly four years ago, we merged the state’s energy and environmental protection functions into one office to better coordinate policy in these integrated areas, and since that time Rob has been at the forefront of working to improve Connecticut’s approach so that we have a 21st Century vision to building a stronger future,” Malloy said.
Klee was appointed as head of the agency in January 2014.
Rubenstein is the latest commissioner to announce they are leaving the administration. Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi, and Administrative Services Commissioner Donald DeFronzo have all announced they will step down.
According to the press release, Malloy will be nominating a new DCP commissioner in the next few weeks.