Leo C. Arnone is calling it quits in April after working nearly four decades in Connecticut’s prisons and criminal justice system, rising through the ranks from correctional officer to a commissioner appointed by a Republican governor, M. Jodi Rell, and reappointed by her Democratic successor, Dannel P. Malloy.

“I have served this great state for almost 39 years, making this decision very difficult,” Arnone wrote in a letter Malloy. “My family has been the support, providing the strength that has helped sustain my career throughout the years. They never questioned the long hours, lost weekends, and 24-hour on-call that comes with this type of work. It is time to repay those years of dedication by spending quality time with my wife and family.”

Malloy praised Arnone as a model commissioner and said the administration will launch a national search for his successor.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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