Interim chief state's attorney appointed

The Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission has appointed Deputy Chief State's Attorney John J. Russotto to serve as interim Chief State's Attorney upon the Nov. 1 retirement of Kevin T. Kane.

The chief state's attorney heads up the Division of Criminal Justice, an independent agency of the state's executive branch of government, which includes the main office in Rocky Hill and state's attorney's offices in each of the state's 13 judicial districts. Kane, 76, the state's longest-serving top prosecutor, is retiring three years into his third five-year term as the head of the division. Prior to being named chief state's attorney, he had served as a prosecutor in New London for 21 years.

Russotto, a 22-year veteran of the Division of Criminal Justice, has served as deputy chief state's attorney for personnel, finance and administration since 2004.

The Criminal Justice Commission, chaired by state Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald, will be interviewing candidates for chief state's attorney in the coming Mondays. Kane's successor will serve the remainder of his term, which ends on June 30, 2021.

k.florin@theday.com

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