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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday chose Karen Buffkin, deputy secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, to be his next chief legal counsel.

Buffkin has dedicated most of her career to state government. Before serving as deputy secretary for the governor’s budget office she was the undersecretary for legal affairs. Prior to that she served as general counsel for the state Labor Relations Board and before that she was general counsel in the state comptroller’s office. Prior to entering state service, Buffkin served as assistant corporation counsel and special counsel to the city of Hartford.

Buffkin replaces Luke Bronin, who announced his departure earlier this month.

“I can attest to the fact that Karen is very familiar and very knowledgeable about the inner workings of our state government,” Malloy said Monday.

At a Capitol press conference, Buffkin thanked Malloy for the opportunity to serve.

Buffkin’s salary in her new position will be $172,000 a year, which is more than her predecessor, who was making $169,600 after a recent pay hike.