Joe DeLong, who resigned a month ago as the executive director of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, was named Tuesday as the top executive at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

DeLong, who rose to majority leader in four terms as a state legislator in West Virginia’s House of Delegates, was picked to lead the municipal lobbying group after a 15-month search for a successor to James Finley.

“He has high energy and great enthusiasm for local government. He will quickly assess the current state and municipal government environment in Connecticut and lead the already strong CCM staff in working even more productively with all our key constituent groups at the municipal, state and federal levels,” said Matthew Galligan, the South Windsor town manager and CCM president.

DeLong begins April 1.

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

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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