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Malloy praises outgoing State Police leader

State Police Col. Danny Stebbins (Hugh McQuaid file photo)
State Police Col. Danny Stebbins (Hugh McQuaid file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday credited outgoing State Police Col. Danny Stebbins with guiding the agency through the “unimaginable” and difficult period following the Sandy Hook shooting.

At a press conference after a state Bond Commission meeting, Malloy said Stebbins informed him Thursday of his intention to retire at the end of June. The governor said he had “tremendous respect” for Stebbins, who has led the State Police since Malloy appointed him in January 2011.

Malloy said he “cared deeply about” Stebbins who oversaw the agency through the response and investigation of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“Danny and I shared what I think he would say was one of the worst days in his life, certainly one of the worst days in my life and many other people in Connecticut and I will forever respect him for not only his response on that day but his response to the men and women of his department and other departments throughout the state,” he said.

But Stebbins has been a divisive figure within his agency and has clashed with the leadership of the Connecticut State Police Union, especially regarding a policy to consolidate the agency’s dispatch facilities. The union vehemently opposed the plan, voicing safety concerns. It was eventually joined by lawmakers in districts where the consolidations were rolled out.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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