Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie
HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that he has appointed Michelle Seagull to head the Department of Consumer Protection.

Seagull, a Glastonbury resident, has served as deputy commissioner of the agency since 2011 and has filled the position of acting commissioner since Jonathan A. Harris stepped down from the position last month. Previously, she was a partner at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, where her practice focused on issues related to laws about unfair competition.

“Since joining the Department of Consumer Protection in 2011, Seagull has served as a strong advocate to protect Connecticut citizens 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.  “Her experience in this area leaves me with no doubt that she will be a dynamic commissioner who will lead the agency enthusiastically on behalf of our residents.”

Seagull said she left private practice to serve the public and to continue to pursue unfair competition.

Seagull’s department oversees the credentialing and licensing of more than 280,000 individuals. She’s also tasked with regulating the state’s medical marijuana program and gaming in the state, including the two tribal casinos and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.