- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has appointed New Haven Alderman and banker Jorge Perez as the state’s next banking commissioner.

Malloy on Friday announced his choice of Perez, who is a vice president at Liberty Bank and president of the New Haven Board of Aldermen.

The Department of Banking is responsible for protecting users of financial services from unlawful or improper practices. It also assures the safety and soundness of state-chartered banks and credit unions.

The appointment requires legislative confirmation. Perez is set to take the job March 13, succeeding Howard Pitkin who retired in January.

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