HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is appointing a former Connecticut correctional officer to oversee the state's prisons department.
The Democrat on Tuesday announced that James Dzurenda (zer-EHN'-dah) of Stratford will serve as the new Department of Correction commissioner. Dzurenda, who has worked nearly three decades with the agency, has been serving as the interim commissioner since Leo Arnone retired on April 1.
Malloy said there was a national search for a replacement, but he was ultimately impressed by Dzurenda's experience and knowledge of Connecticut's correctional facilities and his dedication to reducing offender recidivism.
The 47-year-old Dzurenda began his career in 1987 as a correctional officer at the Bridgeport Correctional Center. Dzurenda started working there in college and originally didn't plan a career in corrections, but said he found opportunities to advance.