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Former Hartford police chief picked for public safety job

December 28, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s governor-elect has chosen retired Hartford Police Chief James Rovella to be next commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

Gov.-elect Ned Lamont also announced Friday he’s selected Regina Rush-Kittle as deputy commissioner of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Stavros Mellekas as the state police colonel. All three have lengthy law enforcement backgrounds.

Rovella retired from the Hartford Police this year. He started his career as a patrol officer with the department before serving 12 years with the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, where he eventually became chief inspector.

Rush-Kittle served 28 years with the Connecticut State Police. She also served 30 years in military reserves and received a Bronze Star.

Mellekas has served nearly 25 years with the Connecticut State Police.

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