Dora Schriro, a lawyer who has spent most of her career running prisons in New York City, Arizona and Missouri and who has never served as a police officer, was named Connecticut state police commissioner by Gov. Dannel Malloy, the Hartford Courant reports. Malloy talked with Schriro when she was seeking the job as the head of Connecticut’s prisons. “My conversation with the doctor was one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve ever had,” Malloy said yesterday, adding that “She was my first choice” for the police job.
Schriro will be taking over a department wracked by low morale in recent years under retiring commissioner Reuben Bradford and Col. Danny Stebbins, who both received nearly unanimous votes of no confidence in 2012. Angered by changes in dispatching, troop consolidation, the minimum staffing level for troopers, and the “disrespectful attitude” of top supervisors, the state police union staged the first vote of no confidence since the union was established 31 years earlier. Schriro, 63, will be the first female commissioner in a department that has about 90 women out of more than 1,000 troopers — about 9 percent. She will be paid $178,000 annually — an amount higher than the governor’s salary. A native of Staten Island Schriro is the commissioner for New York City’s corrections department – overseeing a gigantic agency with more than 10,000 employees and about 12,000 inmates.