Cathy Malloy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's wife, has been named the chief executive officer of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, replacing Kate Bolduc.
Bolduc announced in July that she would step down from the position, calling the move "a personal decision."
Malloy is the organization's ninth chief executive officer since its founding in 1971. Malloy worked previously as executive director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford.
A search committee received 17 applications and interviewed eight people before extending an offer to Malloy. Board members would not disclose her annual salary.
The arts council seeks both state and federal grants. Asked if Malloy's hiring poses a conflict of interest, GHAC Board Chairman Jay Benet said: "There are procedures you have to follow, and we'd obviously follow them to make sure everything is done appropriately. Whether or not she's the governor's wife, we're in full compliance all the time.
"We'll do whatever we can to avoid a conflict of interest."