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New State's Attorney Named For Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District

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STAMFORD, Conn. — Richard Colangelo Jr. has been appointed to serve as the new state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk.

The announcement was made by Judge Richard N. Palmer, chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission. The State’s Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer in the Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk, which includes Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton. 

Colangelo succeeds David I. Cohen, who retired effective July 1 after serving 37 years as a prosecutor in Stamford and as State’s Attorney for the Stamford-Norwalk district since November 2001.

Colangelo was appointed by a unanimous vote of the commission to complete the remainder of Cohen's eight-year term. Cohen was last appointed as state’s attorney in 2010.

"The Criminal Justice Commission congratulates Attorney Colangelo on his appointment as State’s Attorney. We are confident that he will be a strong addition to the senior management of the Division of Criminal Justice," Palmer said. "We also wish to thank all of the outstanding prosecutors who stepped forward and sought this important position.

"The Commission also wishes to extend its gratitude and appreciation to State’s Attorney Cohen for his nearly four decades of dedicated service to the State of Connecticut and the pursuit of justice. We wish him the best in his retirement," Palmer added.

Colangelo joined the Division of Criminal Justice in March 1993 and was promoted to Senior Assistant State’s Attorney at Part A at Stamford Superior Court in July 2003.

The State’s Attorney oversees the prosecutors and other Division of Criminal Justice staff assigned to the Superior Courts at Stamford and Norwalk.

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