- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s recently appointed Department of Correction commissioner is facing a legislative hearing, the first step in the confirmation process.

James Dzurenda (zur-EHN’-dah) of Stratford is scheduled to appear Thursday before the General Assembly’s Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee to answer lawmakers’ questions. Dzurenda, who has worked nearly three decades with the agency, has been serving as the interim commissioner since Leo Arnone retired on April 1.

Malloy nominated the 47-year-old Dzurenda in November.

The governor said there was a national search to replace Arnone, but he was ultimately impressed by Dzurenda’s experience.

Lawmakers are also scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing on Thursday for David Guay of South Windsor. He was nominated as executive director of the State Contracting Standards Board.

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