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State’s victim advocate resigns after 15 months

Garvin Ambrose (Hugh McQuaid file photo)
Garvin Ambrose (Hugh McQuaid file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The former Illinois prosecutor Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated 15 months ago to be Connecticut’s Victim Advocate announced his resignation Thursday.

Malloy’s office did not specify why Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose was choosing to leave the post effective July 18. A press release said only that “he intends on relocating to his hometown of Chicago to accept a new professional opportunity.”

“While I am saddened by my personal decision to resign from this great office, I am confident that the successes of my wonderful staff and I over the past 15-months have once again made the Office of the Victim Advocate a relevant part of the state system on behalf of crime victims,” Ambrose said in a press release. “It is my hope that the relationships that we repaired and gained, the policy and legislative victories that we attained, as well as the necessary rebranding of the Office of the Victim Advocate will continue in my absence.”

Ambrose took over the position from Michelle Cruz, who became a divisive figure toward the end of her tenure for her criticism of the Malloy administration’s risk reduction credit program. Cruz reapplied for her job, but it went to Ambrose.

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