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Gail P. Hardy to Lead Division of Criminal Justice Diversity Initiative

Chief State’s Attorney Richard J. Colangelo, Jr. announced today that Hartford State’s Attorney Gail P. Hardy will assume a new role in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney to foster diversity and inclusion in the Division of Criminal Justice.

State’s Attorney Hardy withdrew her application for reappointment today and will assume her new duties as an Executive Assistant State’s Attorney upon the appointment of her successor in Hartford.

“I’m excited that State’s Attorney Hardy has agreed to take on this important new role in leading the Division of Criminal Justice’s efforts to strengthen diversity and inclusion in our workforce and greater outreach to the community,” Chief State’s Attorney Colangelo said. “I’m excited to work with State’s Attorney Hardy in her new role.”

“It has been my privilege to serve as State’s Attorney in Hartford for nearly 13 years,” State’s Attorney Hardy said. “I am grateful for that experience and I am also looking forward to this exciting new opportunity to work on behalf of all of the people of Connecticut.”

The Hartford State’s Attorney position will be advertised and an appointment will be made by the Criminal Justice Commission at a future date.

State’s Attorney Hardy was first appointed State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford in August 2007. She was the first African American appointed to the position of State’s Attorney in Connecticut history. The Judicial District includes the capital city and 18 surrounding communities.

She joined the Division of Criminal Justice as a Deputy Assistant State's Attorney at Geographical Area No. 4 in Waterbury in February 1996. She was advanced to Assistant State's Attorney in March 1998. She transferred to the State’s Attorney’s Office for the Judicial District of Waterbury (Part A) in February 2000, and was designated Senior Assistant State's Attorney in April 2006. Prior to joining the Division of Criminal Justice, she had previous experience as a probation officer and a public defender.