Office of the Chief State's Attorney

Located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, the Office of the Chief State's Attorney is responsible for the statewide administrative functions of the Division of Criminal Justice. In addition to budget, personnel and other administrative functions, the Office of the Chief State's Attorney includes specialized units for the investigation and prosecution of certain criminal matters and for representing the state in appellate and other legal matters.

Follow this link for more information on the specialized bureaus and programs in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney: Appellate Bureau, Civil Litigation Bureau, Statewide Prosecution Bureau, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Witness Protection Program and Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit.

Follow this link for a listing of State's Attorneys and their office locations.

For more information, contact:

State of Connecticut
Division of Criminal Justice
Office of the Chief State's Attorney
300 Corporate Place
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Telephone:
860-258-5800

Business Hours:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Directions: Interstate 91 Exit 23 Follow green highway directional signs to "Chief State's Attorney"

Follow this link to e-mail the Chief State's Attorney.  NOTE: In accordance with State of Connecticut security protocols, the Division of  Criminal Justice cannot accept unsolicited email attachments. Unless this agency has specifically asked you to submit an attachment, all information must be submitted as plain text in the body of the email.

CHIEF STATE'S ATTORNEYS OF CONNECTICUT

John J. Russotto, Acting Chief State's Attorney
April 1, 2022 - present

Richard J. Colangelo, Jr.
January 31, 2020 - March 31, 2022

John J. Russotto, Acting Chief State's Attorney
December 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Kevin T. Kane
2006 - 2019

Christopher L. Morano
2002 - 2006

John M. Bailey
1993-2002

Richard N. Palmer
1991-93

John J. Kelly
1985-91

Austin J. McGuigan
1978-85

Joseph T. Gormley
1973-78


About the Acting Chief State's Attorney

John J. Russotto was appointed Acting Chief State's Attorney by the Criminal Justice Commission on February 9, 2022. Attorney Russotto has served as Deputy Chief State's Attorney for Personnel, Finance and Administration for the Division of Criminal Justice, responsible for oversight of budgetary and other administrative functions for the agency and its more than 50 offices and nearly 500 personnel.

Prior to his first appointment to Deputy Chief State’s Attorney in July 2004, Attorney Russotto served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Division since 1997, prosecuting public corruption, white collar crimes and cold case homicides in addition to conducting complex grand jury investigations.

Attorney Russotto worked in private practice from 1990 until 1997 litigating complex commercial and environmental civil matters in both state and federal courts. Attorney Russotto serves on the Division of Criminal Justice’s Legislative, Management, and Training Committees. He is also a member of the Connecticut Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board, the Connecticut Judicial Branch Access to Justice Commission and the Governor’s Task Force on Contracting Reform, and is a lecturer for the State of Connecticut Fire Marshal’s Certification Program and State of Connecticut Judicial Marshal’s Certification Program.

Attorney Russotto earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fairfield University and his Juris Doctor Degree from the Boston University School of Law.

  • Follow this link to e-mail the Chief State's Attorney. NOTE: In accordance with State of Connecticut security protocols, the Division of  Criminal Justice cannot accept unsolicited email attachments. Unless this agency has specifically asked you to submit an attachment, all information must be submitted as plain text in the body of the email.

Specialized Units in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney

The Chief State's Attorney's Office operates the following specialized bureaus:

Appellate Bureau

The Appellate Bureau is responsible for representing the State of Connecticut in the vast majority of appeals challenging criminal convictions. This bureau, which employs approximately twenty-five prosecutors, prepares written legal arguments (briefs) and presentations (oral argument) before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court.

In any given year, the Bureau will have some 800 separate cases pending before the state's appeals courts and another dozen before the United States Supreme Court. Among these cases are appeals of the convictions of those sentenced to death in Connecticut.

The centralization of appellate litigation in a single bureau serving the entire State permits prosecutors to become appellate specialists. These attorneys track development and trends throughout the state's trial courts, and also conduct important research for the Chief State's Attorney on criminal justice issues and training.

Civil Litigation Bureau

The Civil Litigation Bureau is primarily responsible for state and federal habeas corpus actions in which a convict challenges the lawfulness of his or her criminal conviction in a civil court action. The Civil Litigation Bureau also is responsible for responding to civil subpoenas of investigative and other records of the Division of Criminal Justice or seeking injunctive or declaratory relief.

Criminal Housing Matters

The Division of Criminal Justice is responsible for the prosecution of criminal housing matters through the Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney for Housing Matters in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and prosecutors assigned to the Superior Court housing sessions statewide. Housing prosecutors are committed to the maintenance of decent, safe and sanitary housing, handling cases from investigation through criminal trial.

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud and abuse, including physical abuse and neglect of patients, in facilities that receive funding from Medicaid, a state and federally funded program that pays health care expenses for low-income individuals.

Statewide Prosecution Bureau/Cold Case Unit/Witness Protection Unit

The Statewide Prosecution Bureau is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of "white collar" crimes, including government corruption. Program areas include criminal violations of the environmental protection laws, government corruption and other offenses against public integrity. The bureau includes the Cold Case Unit, which is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes that have gone "cold," or unsolved for a long period of time. The cases assigned to this Unit typically include unsolved murders, some of which took place decades ago. The Unit works closely with the State's Attorneys, the Connecticut State Police, municipal police departments, and nationally recognized forensics experts, utilizing the latest technology to solve these crimes.

The LeRoy Brown, Jr. and Karen Clarke Witness Protection Program is also operated under the Statewide Prosecution Bureau. This statewide program operates in cooperation with the State's Attorneys and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and protect witnesses in criminal proceedings where there is evidence of substantial danger that the witness may suffer from intimidation or retaliatory violence. The unit was formally created in 1999 with the enactment of Public Act 99-240, which established the Leroy Brown, Jr. and Karen Clarke Witness Protection Program.

Through a variety of means, tailored to the individual circumstances presented by each witness, the Witness Protection Unit coordinates protection both to protect their safety and the interest of justice. Services can include temporary relocation, semi-permanent relocation in or outside of Connecticut and police protection. The Unit provides some form of assistance to approximately 200 individuals each year.

Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit

The Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit has two primary goals: the prosecution of fraud against the Workers' Compensation system, which compensates workers who are injured on the job, and public awareness of the problem of Workers' Compensation fraud.