Howard F. Pitkin was appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking by Governor M. Jodi Rell in September 2006 subsequent to the retirement of Commissioner John P. Burke. Mr. Pitkin began his career with the Department nearly 30 years ago. Most recently he was Chief of Administration which included overseeing the agencyâ€™s technological initiatives, and restructuring the bank examination and credit union divisions into the financial institutions division.
As Banking Commissioner, Mr. Pitkin has jurisdiction over Connecticutâ€™s laws pertaining to commercial banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, consumer credit, broker-dealers, investment advisers, securities, tender offers and business opportunities. He oversees the supervision of 44 state-chartered banks and thrifts and 38 state-chartered credit unions and heads a department with approximately 118 employees. In his capacity as Banking Commissioner, Mr. Pitkin serves as an Ex officio Member of the Board of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Economic Development Fund Foundation. In addition, Commissioner Pitkin is a member of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), a professional association of state banking regulators.
Mr. Pitkin has long been active in professional and civic affairs. He serves on the Board of the Hockanum Valley YMCA. His past professional associations include time spent on various committees of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the board of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors. Mr. Pitkin graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.
Commissioner Pitkin resides in Vernon Connecticut. He has two children and three grandchildren.