Department of Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin will retire in January after 40 years with the department.

Pitkin is the fifth commissioner to announce his departure before the start of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s second term.

Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Donald DeFronzo,  Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi, and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein have also announced their departures. Most, except for Pryor who was nominated to Commerce Secretary in Rhode Island, will be retiring.

“Howard Pitkin has dedicated his career to ensuring that Connecticut consumers have confidence in their banking institutions, and on behalf of the state I can affirm that we are all grateful for the energy and commitment that he has given,” Malloy said in a press release.  “This is undoubtedly a loss for the state, but I am certain that he is leaving an office that is stronger because of his efforts.”

He was originally appointed to commissioner by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2007 and then was reappointed by Malloy in 2011.

The Malloy administration announced Friday that Myra Jones-Taylor would also continue to serve as commissioner of Office of Early Childhood.

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