Gov.-elect Dan Malloy and his nominee for public safety commissioner, Reuben Bradford, announced two top appointments Wednesday for the upper command within the department.

Malloy and Bradford named Danny R. Stebbins to serve as deputy commissioner and colonel of the state police, and Robert Corona as lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of field operations.

“Reuben and I have great faith in Danny and Robert, and know that their skills and service will be invaluable to the state police,” Malloy said. I’m looking to Reuben, Danny and Robert to help shape a force and a department that is inclusive, diverse and dedicated to the safety and security of our state’s residents.”

Stebbins and Corona were selected because of their extensive backgrounds in field and administrative assignments during a combined 61 years in law enforcement, Bradford said.

“As a veteran of the state police force, I know the talent, experience and qualifications these men will bring to their new positions at the Department of Public Safety,” Bradford added. “They have committed their lives to keeping the public safe, and their front-line and administrative experience will be invaluable to the men and women in the state police force.”

A former Major with the state police and graduate of the FBI National Academy, Stebbins has worked for the past five years for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He has 36 years in law enforcement having joined the state police in 1974 and formerly commanded Troop K in Colchester, Troop W at Bradley International Airport, the Central District, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations’ Gang Unit, and the Bureau of Business Development Services.

Corona joined the state police in 1985 and rose through the ranks becoming the commanding officer of Troop C in Tolland, Troop H in Hartford, Troop D in Danielson, and Troop E in Montville. He served as the commander of Internal Affairs, Special Investigations and Support Services, the Emergency Services Unit, and most recently as the deputy commander of Eastern District.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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