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State's director of consumer affairs stepping down to join Comcast

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Steve Lee, director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs.
Steve Lee, director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs. - ()

Steve Lee, the director of the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs, is leaving his job for a position in the private sector, the Office of the Attorney General announced Tuesday.

Lee, who has led the state’s consumer protection agency since 2014, will become deputy general counsel for Comcast Corp. His resignation is effective Sept. 5.

“Steve Lee has served the Division of Consumer Affairs with an unwavering commitment to protecting New Jersey consumers from fraud and professional misconduct in the marketplace,” state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in a prepared statement. “Under his leadership, the division has created programs and launched initiatives that will benefit the public long after his tenure here. I am deeply grateful for his service.”

Lee had been an assistant U.S. attorney in New York for about nine years, before being named acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. He was confirmed as director in June 2016.

Sharon Joyce, the deputy director of the Division of Law, will serve as acting director of consumer affairs, effective Sept. 6. Joyce, who has been with the Division of Law since 1979, has been an acting director on three other occasions.

“Sharon Joyce is a consummate professional whose experience and knowledge more than qualify her to lead the division,” Porrino said. “I am confident she will serve as an excellent steward during this time of transition.”

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