Leonard Boyle Appointed Deputy Chief State's Attorney for Operations

The Honorable Richard N. Palmer, Chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission, announced today the Commission has appointed attorney Leonard C. Boyle as Deputy Chief State's Attorney for Operations.

Attorney Boyle, a former state Commissioner of Public Safety and FBI official, was appointed by a unanimous vote of the commission. He will succeed Paul E. Murray, who will retire this summer after more than 30 years as a state prosecutor.

Justice Palmer extended the Commission’s congratulations to Attorney Boyle and its gratitude to Mr. Murray, who has served as Deputy Chief State’s Attorney for Operations since June 2003.

“Paul Murray has served the Division of Criminal Justice and the people of Connecticut with distinction for more than three decades from his first days as prosecutor on the front lines of the system to his recent years as one of our top administrators,” Justice Palmer said. “We commend him for his dedication to the Division and commitment to justice.”

“We are confident that this legacy of service and commitment to the pursuit of justice will continue with our appointment today of Leonard Boyle,” Justice Palmer added.

Attorney Boyle has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels. He began his career in law enforcement as a Police Officer in the Town of East Hartford, subsequently became an Assistant United States Attorney and from August 2004 to March 2007 was Commissioner of the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety.

He was Chief of the Criminal Division in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut from April 1999 to August 2004 and served as Special Attorney to the Attorney General of the <st1:country-region>United States</st1:country-region> from January 2003 through August 2004.

From March 2007 through February 2009 he served as Director of the Terrorist Screening Center for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. Since March of this year he has been Associate Counsel for Export/Import Compliance with Pratt and Whitney.

Justice Palmer extended the Commission’s appreciation to all who applied for the position of Deputy Chief State’s Attorney. “The Commission was most impressed by the breadth of experience and expertise of those who came forth offering to serve their state and its people in this demanding position,” Justice Palmer said.

The Deputy Chief State’s Attorney for Operations oversees the specialized bureaus and units of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney that investigate and prosecute matters including public integrity violations, elder abuse, Medicaid fraud, Workers’ Compensation fraud and complex matters involving more than one Judicial District.

In addition, the Deputy Chief State’s Attorney for Operations oversees the bureaus responsible for representing the state before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court in appeals of criminal convictions and in the state and federal appeals courts on petitions for writs of habeas corpus.

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

In addition to Justice Palmer, the Commission members are the Honorable Thomas A. Bishop, Judge of the Appellate Court, and attorneys Maura Hughes Horan, Garrett M. Moore, Ann G. Taylor and Alfred A. Turco. The Chief State’s Attorney is also a member of the Commission but does not participate in the appointment of the Deputy Chief State’s Attorneys.