Governor Lamont Statement on the Retirement of Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement regarding the announcement made by Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane that he intends to retire effective November 1:
“Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane has dedicated nearly five decades to serving the people of Connecticut. Beginning his career as a prosecutor nearly 47 years ago in the former Ninth Circuit in Middletown, Attorney Kane rose through the ranks and eventually became our state’s seventh and longest serving Chief State’s Attorney. Attorney Kane worked on and oversaw some of our state’s most challenging, important, and complex cases. He has worked tirelessly and dedicated his career to pursuing justice and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system. I thank Attorney Kane and wish him well in his much deserved retirement.”
As required under the state constitution, the Criminal Justice Commission, an autonomous body consisting of the chief state’s attorney, who serves as an ex-officio member, and six voting members nominated by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly, is responsible for the appointment of all state prosecutors, including the chief state’s attorney. The chief state’s attorney, in his capacity as a member of the commission, does not participate in the appointment process for the chief state’s attorney or the deputy chief state’s attorneys.