Child Advocate Stepping Down

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s choice for Connecticut’s Child Advocate is stepping down after less than nine months on the job.

In a resignation letter submitted on Monday, Jamey Bell said she is leaving to become the new executive director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid.

Bell had previously worked 26 years for the nonprofit law firm that serves needy clients.

Malloy appointed Bell in September as Child Advocate.

She replaced Jeanne Milstein, who retired in March 2012 after serving a dozen years.

Bell was previously executive director of Connecticut Voices for Children, a nonprofit children’s policy and advocacy group based in New Haven.

Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said the governor’s office thanks Bell for her service and is looking forward to receiving a list of new candidates from an advisory committee.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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