Attorney General George Jepsen said Monday he has named Perry Zinn Rowthorn of West Hartford as deputy attorney general to succeed Nora Dannehy, who is leaving the public sector for a position with United Technologies Corporation.

Zinn Rowthorn, who is now the associate attorney general for litigation, will be succeeded in that post by Margaret Q. Chapple of Granby, who is now the associate attorney general for administration and management.

The changes are the first in the senior ranks of the attorney general’s office since Jepsen took office in January 2011. 

Zinn Rowthorn and Chapple are long-time lawyers in the attorney general’s office. Dannehy, whose recruitment was considered a coup by Jepsen, was one of the state’s best-known federal prosecutors.

Dannehy was the court-appointed U.S. attorney for Connecticut for two years. She also oversaw public corruption cases, including the prosecution of former Gov. John G. Rowland.

“I deeply appreciate the opportunity and honor to assist the attorney general’s successful work on behalf of the people of Connecticut,” Zinn Rowthorn said. “I look forward to working in this new role with him and our remarkable staff of lawyers and support personnel.  I am also profoundly indebted to Nora Dannehy for her leadership, mentorship and friendship, and I wish her all the best in her new position.”

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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