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Consumer protection chief pursuing other "opportunities"

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jonathan Harris, considered a possible 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is stepping down from his job as Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection commissioner.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Harris will depart ``to pursue other professional opportunities.''

Harris, a former mayor of West Hartford and a state senator, was appointed to Malloy to oversee the agency in December 2014. The agency's deputy commissioner, Michelle H. Seagull, will serve as the acting commissioner until a permanent replacement is announced.

Harris' departure comes days after Malloy said he will not seek a third term.

He told reporters after Malloy's announcement last Thursday that he was ``not declaring anything'' and he had ``not made any final decisions at this point'' about running for governor.

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