Former state Sen. Jonathan Harris of West Hartford has been named state deputy treasurer by state Treasurer Denis Nappier.

“The sum of Jonathan’s experiences gives him a rich perspective that will enhance the communications, policy and strategic development work of the Treasury,” Napier said.
Harris said he is anticipating the new challenge. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with Treasurer Nappier in promoting the financial health of our state and drawing from my experience, working in collaboration with others, to chart a more disciplined fiscal course that serves the best interest of all the citizens and taxpayers of Connecticut,” he said.

Harris distinguished himself as a consensus-builder and thoughtful legislator while serving in the state Senate. He ran for secretary of state before losing the Democratic nomination at the party’s convention and dropping out, choosing not to force a primary. Harris served on the West Hartford Town Council; Mayor of West Hartford; and state Senator for the towns of West Hartford, Farmington, Bloomfield and Burlington.

Treasurer Nappier also announced that Christine Shaw is the treasurer’s new chief of staff. She is a 12-year veteran of the treasury, having joined Nappier at the beginning of her tenure in 1999.  Shaw is a familiar face, a well-liked and respected presence around the Capitol and the legislative office building.  Most recently, Shaw served as Nappier’s legislative liaison and acting communications director. She will oversee the operating divisions of the treasury including the pension fund, cash and debt management functions.

Of the pair, Nappier said, “Both Jonathan and Christine bring seasoned professional public sector experience to their new roles at the Treasury…They will provide invaluable insight, maintain high standards of integrity, and be strong drivers for the cost effective conduct of our work in safeguarding and growing the state government’s financial resources and contributing to the economic vibrancy of Connecticut,” she said.