HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont is calling for an independent audit of the troubled Connecticut Port Authority's finances and management practices. He is also seeking recommendations to make the organization more accountable, and has accepted the resignation of former chairman Scott Bates, of Stonington, who had retained his seat on the board.

Lamont said Friday that Melissa McCaw, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, would play an active role in the authority's financial decision-making, and continue to do so until the independent audit and management review are completed.

Last month, Lamont called for the resignation of Bonnie Reemsnyder, who succeeded Bates as chairwoman of the board, after published reports of the authority's purchase of $3,250 of photographic office art from her daughter. The purchase had been cleared by Bates. There have also been problems with hiring practices and staffing decisions at the quasi-public agency, which markets the state's ports. In June, the authority placed Evan Matthews, its executive director, on administrative leave for reasons that have yet to be reported.

Bates had been the port authority's chairman since its inception in 2016. He has also been a deputy secretary of the state since January 2017, serving as the office's chief operating officer.

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