Criminal Justice Commission appoints new Chief State's Attorney

New Haven State's Attorney gets the nod
Commission appoints New Chief State's Attorney Photo credit Getty Images

Hartford, Conn. (WTIC Radio)- New Haven State's Attorney Patrick Griffin has been chosen Chief State's Attorney by the state's Criminal Justice Commission, replacing Richard Colangelo who resigned under pressure March 31st.

Hartford State's Attorney Sharmese Walcott also vied for the top spot.

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Prior to his selection, Griffin told Commission members he has built relationships with other prosecutors, and since 2016 has supervised a staff of 56 individuals.

During that time, Griffin said he was accessible, built relationships with the community and encouraged professional development of his staff through in-house training.

Griffin also testified that morale is the lowest he has witnessed in his 27 years with the division. He said factors include losing 30-percent in personnel, negative news stories and the impact of Covid.