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Gov.-elect Ned Lamont (Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie file photo)

HARTFORD, CT — After a brief stint as a Superior Court Judge, Robert Clark will hang up his robe to join Gov.-elect Ned Lamont’s administration.

Clark will serve as Lamont’s general counsel.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been chosen by Governor-Elect Lamont to serve as his General Counsel,” Clark said. “I look forward to serving the new administration at this critical juncture for the State of Connecticut.”

Prior to being named to the bench Clark worked for 14 years in the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, most recently as Special Counsel to Attorney General George Jepsen.

Jepsen has been advising Lamont with his transition.

Lamont also announced in a press release that Colleen Flanagan Johnson will return to state government in the role of senior advisor.

Flanagan Johnson had been Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s communications director when he took office in January 2011 and before that worked on his campaign.

Flanagan Johnson will occupy the role Roy Occhiogrosso held during Malloy’s first two years in office.

After leaving the Malloy administration, Flanagan Johnson was the vice president of external communications at Magellan Health and most recently served as the executive communications leader for Cigna’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Governor-elect on shaping an Administration that is dynamic, entrepreneurial, and inclusive,” Flanagan Johnson said. “He has a clear plan for taking Connecticut’s economy to the next level, and I am ready to help convey that vision to the people of this state.”

Flanagan Johnson, who has also served as communications director for former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, brings an interesting perspective to the Lamont administration having actually already been through a similar transition with the Malloy administration eight years ago.