HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s chief of staff, communications director and director of operations are leaving the freshman Connecticut governor’s administration.

Malloy said Tuesday said the departures had been planned.

Malloy said Timothy Bannon, his chief of staff, had always planned to work for the new administration on an interim basis. Bannon was Malloy’s first hire and headed up his transition team. He is expected to leave the job by the end of year. No replacement has been named and Bannon said he does not yet have another job.

‘Malloy also announced his communications director, Colleen Flanagan, will become director of public affairs at the newly created Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Alvin Wilson, director of operations at the governor’s office or deputy chief of staff, is also leaving.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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