HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Dan Malloy, Connecticut’s governor-elect, has tapped a top former aide from his time as mayor of Stamford for the state’s budget director job.

Malloy announced Benjamin Barnes as his choice on Wednesday for secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, one of the most important positions in his cabinet. The job entails overseeing state budget and labor matters.

The 42-year-old Barnes held several positions with the city of Stamford, most recently the director of operations. Earlier this year, he was hired by the city of Bridgeport as facilities director for the school district. He was later tapped to oversee the district’s finances after the business manager resigned.

Barnes faces massive problems when he officially takes office in January. The new budget year that begins July 1 is forecast to be $3.44 billion in deficit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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