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Five Vie For Deputy Chief State's Attorney Job

Five attorneys are vying to replace the deputy chief state’s attorney for operations — one of the highest ranking prosecutors in the state.

The state’s Criminal Justice Commission, which appoints all prosecutors, will interview the candidates and make the appointment during a meeting scheduled Friday.

The application process for the deputy chief state’s attorney position ended in mid-June. The Chief State’s Attorney’s office said the five attorneys under consideration to replace Leonard Boyle as the deputy chief state’s attorney for operations are:

  • Michael A. Gailor, executive assistant state’s attorney, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.
  • Kevin D. Lawlor, state’s attorney, Judicial District of Ansonia/Milford.
  • Maureen Platt, state’s attorney, Judicial District of Waterbury.
  • Brian W. Preleski, state’s attorney, Judicial District of New Britain.
  • Timothy J. Sugrue, senior assistant state’s attorney, Appellate Bureau, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

This opening comes following the departure of a fixture in Connecticut law enforcement, Leonard Boyle. Boyle, who was appointed in 2009, has returned to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Connecticut, where he serves as the first assistant U.S. Attorney.

Boyle has a long history as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office. After leaving to run the FBI’s terrorist screening center in Washington, he returned to Connecticut to serve under Gov. M. Jodi Rell as the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.

Some speculated that Boyle would replace Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane. However, Kane said he has no plans yet to retire when Boyle announced his departure, a year after Boyle was reappointed to a second term.

The role of the deputy chief state’s attorney for operations, outlined in a state job posting, is to advise and counsel other attorneys on investigative and prosecutive matters.

The deputy chief state’s attorney for operations oversees a number of divisions including the statewide prosecution bureau, the cold case bureau and the appellate and civil litigation bureaus, according to the posting.

The deputy chief state’s attorney for operations also helps the 13 state’s attorneys with investigations and prosecutions as needed, the posting read.

The job, according to the chief state’s attorney’s office, pays an annual salary of $161,529.

The appointment runs until June 30, 2021, according to the chief state’s attorney’s office.

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