Malloy Names New State Police Commissioner From New York City
By Christopher Keating
Januaary 6, 2014
Dora B. Schriro, a respected attorney who has spent much of her career running prisons and never served as a street cop, was nominated Monday to serve as the next leader of the Connecticut state police.
Schriro was the only candidate interviewed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who had interviewed Schriro previously when she was seeking the job as the head of Connecticut’s prisons. That job went to a Connecticut candidate, but Malloy kept Schriro’s name in mind – remembering her resume that includes a law degree and other advanced degrees.
“My conversation with the doctor was one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve ever had,” Malloy told reporters Monday. “I keep kind of a mental Rolodex for jobs that may have to be filled at some time in the future, and when it became evident that the commissioner was thinking about calling it a day, I knew who I wanted. … She was my first choice.”
Schriro will be taking over a department wracked by low morale under retiring Reuben F. Bradford, where troopers delivered an overwhelming vote of no confidence in 2011.
Schriro is currently serving as commissioner for New York City’s corrections department – arriving regularly at 7:30 a.m. at the notorious Rikers Island prison.
An attorney who also has degrees from Columbia University, UMass-Boston, and Northeastern University, Schriro came to New York City at the behest of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg in September 2009. She had previously worked closely with Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano as a special advisor on issues such as customs enforcement, immigration, and detention policy.
Before working with Napolitano at Homeland Security, Schriro directed prisons in both Missouri and Arizona. She ran the prisons in Arizona while Napolitano was serving as governor.
Schriro has been quoted as saying, “Janet Napolitano is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met.”
Napolitano visited Bridgeport in November 2012 to pledge support to Connecticut following storm damage.
While she has worked around the country, Schriro is a native New Yorker, growing up on Staten Island and living most recently on City Island, which is known as a touch of New England in the Bronx.
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