- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s correction commissioner is stepping down to take a job in New York City.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that James Dzurenda (zur-EHN’-dah) will leave his job on August 29th to become deputy commissioner of the New York Department of Correction.

Dzurenda was appointed last November to lead the state’s prisons and confirmed during the last legislative session.

Deputy Commission Scott Semple has been appointed to serve as acting commissioner.

Dzurenda served with the state Department of Correction since 1987 when he was a prison guard in Bridgeport. He became interim commissioner in April 2013, when then-commissioner Leo Arnone retired.

His new job involves overseeing jails in each of the five New York City boroughs, including Rikers Island.

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