Schriro named Connecticut public safety commissioner

Hartford (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has named New York City's top prison official as the state's next public safety commissioner.

Dora Schriro will be the first woman to serve as commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, formerly known as the Department of Public Safety. Malloy announced her appointment Monday.

Schriro has been commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction since September 2009, and previously served as a special adviser to former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on immigration and customs enforcement.

Schriro will succeed Reuben Bradford, who is retiring effective Feb. 1 after three years as commissioner.

Schriro will lead the agency that oversees Connecticut State Police, the state's homeland security efforts and disaster response.

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