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STATE OF CONNECTICUT

KEVIN LEMBO
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARTHA CARLSON
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

LEMBO APPOINTS DEPUTY; NEW DEPUTY BRINGS DECADES OF EXPERIENCE IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ADMINISTRATION
For Immediate Release Contact: Tara Downes
Wednesday January 5, 2011 860-702-3308
Tara.Downes@po.state.ct.us

Comptroller Kevin Lembo today announced that he has appointed Martha Carlson to serve as Deputy Comptroller.

Carlson, 59, of Guilford has 30 years of executive-level administrative experience in both the public and private sectors, including more than 15 years in the Office of the State Comptroller.

"I am incredibly excited that Marti has agreed to serve as Deputy Comptroller -- bringing decades of experience to this office, both from the public and private sectors," Lembo said. "She is a sharp administrator, profoundly bright public policy developer, and will be a valuable resource as we help move the office -- and Connecticut -- towards a greater financial future."

Carlson said, "It is an honor and privilege to serve on Kevin Lembo's team, and I look forward to helping him tackle the great challenges ahead for both this office and the state."

Most recently, Carlson served as Assistant State Comptroller, helping to lead the development and implementation of agency and public policy. Her duties included overseeing all operations in the 250-employee agency, including state employee payroll, retirement, and benefits; central accounts payable; and budget analysis.

Prior to joining the state in 1995, Carlson owned and operated her own small business in Guilford and later used her entrepreneurial experience as an economic development officer for the City of New Haven where she worked on recruiting and retaining small businesses in one of Connecticut's most vibrant cities.

Carlson is a University of Connecticut graduate with a long history of community service, including several terms as a Guilford Police Commissioner and with various service foundations such as the Greater Hartford YWCA, Connecticut Voices for Children and the Gateway Community College Foundation. She continues to serve as development advisor for Women's Health Research at Yale. She resides in Guilford with her husband, Peter Benson, and has two children, Jesse and Jenny Benson.

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