John J. Russotto Reappointed as Deputy Chief State’s Attorney

The Honorable Richard N. Palmer, Chair of the Criminal Justice Commission, announced today that the Commission has reappointed John J. Russotto as Deputy Chief State’s Attorney for Personnel, Finance and Administration.

The appointment, approved unanimously at the Commission’s meeting today in Rocky Hill, is for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2014.

Attorney Russotto was first appointed as Deputy Chief State’s Attorney in July 2004 to complete an unexpired term. He was appointed to a full term in 2006 and reappointed in 2010. He joined the Division of Criminal Justice in 1997 as a Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney.

“Attorney Russotto has served the Division of Criminal Justice exceptionally well as both a prosecutor and an administrator. His knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system and the Division’s administration have been invaluable, particularly in recent years when all of state government has had to operate under difficult fiscal conditions,” Justice Palmer said.

The Deputy Chief State's Attorney for Personnel, Finance and Administration serves at the Rocky Hill headquarters of the Division of Criminal Justice and is responsible for oversight of budgetary and other administrative functions for the agency and its more than 50 offices and nearly 500 personnel.

Established by Article XXIII of the Connecticut Constitution, the Criminal Justice Commission is responsible for the appointment of all state prosecutors in Connecticut. It is chaired by Justice Palmer, an Associate Justice of the state Supreme Court.

In addition to Justice Palmer, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, its membership includes the Honorable Juliett L. Crawford, Judge of the Superior Court, attorneys Mary M. Galvin, Maura Hughes Horan, Moy N. Ogilvie and Ann G. Taylor and Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane.