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Thursday, December 26, 2013

CT’s Top Cop Retiring

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Reuben F. Bradford, a former state trooper and NFL security director who is Connecticut’s first black public-safety chief, will retire Feb. 1 as commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the agency that includes the Connecticut State Police.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Reuben Bradford. Ctmirror.org photo

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced Bradford’s plans today.

Bradford, 67, returned to a demanding job in state service at the outset of the Malloy administration in early 2011, despite a neurological disorder, ataxia, that affects motor control and sometimes leaves him unsteady on his feet, especially when fatigued.

“Commissioner Bradford did an exceptional job of leading the state’s first responders through a period where they were tested time and time again,” Malloy said. “Through five presidential emergency declarations and unspeakable tragedy, he worked with the dedicated men and women at the department to make sure that residents received assistance often during their darkest hours. He also led the department through administrative changes that were both necessary and long overdue. I want to thank him for his service, and wish him well on his retirement.”

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