Steven Stafstrom Quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune on the New Connecticut Inspector General Position
Pullman & Comley Litigation attorney Steven J. Stafstrom Jr. commented on the hiring process that is underway for Connecticut's first-ever deputy chief state's attorney and inspector general. The application was first only made available to current prosecutors but was later opened to all attorneys with relevant criminal investigative experience, including nontraditional candidates. Since the new inspector general will be responsible for investigating all police-involved shootings in the state, Steve pointed out the importance of this person being able to gain public trust and handle the investigations fairly.
Steve, who also serves as chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, explained “individual states attorneys have to work with local police on a day in and day out basis and the inspector general will not have that same responsibility and relationships with local police, therefore, the hope is that person will be more objective and in less of a difficult position of trying to investigate the very people they work with.”
The application process is now closed and the state's Criminal Justice Commission will begin interviewing attorney candidates for inspector general on September 27.
Read the full article on the Connecticut Law Tribune website.