WASHINGTON — Thomas Curry officially took office Monday as the 30th Comptroller of the Currency, the agency announced in a press release.

The Senate confirmed Curry on March 29, more than nine months after President Barack Obama nominated him to replace former comptroller John Dugan, whose term expired in August 2010.

"I want to express my sincere appreciation to President Obama, Secretary Geithner and the United States Senate for their confidence in my abilities to serve as Comptroller of the Currency," Curry said in the release. "The OCC's distinguished history and the professionalism and dedication of its men and women make the OCC a special place. Its mission of ensuring the safety and soundness of America's national banks and federal savings associations has never been more important or more challenging."

Curry has served on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. board since January 2004, and is the chairman of the board of NeighborWorks America. Prior to joining the FDIC, Curry served as the Massachusetts commissioner of banks from 1990 to 1991 and from 1995 to 2003. He also served as the chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors from 2000 to 2001.

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