Richard J. Colangelo, Jr., is the chief law enforcement officer of the State of Connecticut and administrative head of the Division of Criminal Justice, the independent agency in the executive branch of state government that is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in Connecticut.
A career prosecutor, Chief State's Attorney Colangelo has served in various capacities, most recently as State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk. He has vast experience trying major felony cases and has been involved intricately in criminal investigations and criminal justice education for decades.
Chief State’s Attorney Colangelo is a member of the Criminal Justice Commission, Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission, Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board, and the Police Officer Standards and Training Council. He also oversees the specialized prosecution bureaus that operate out of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.
Chief State’s Attorney Colangelo is a graduate of Norwalk State Technical College (A.S.M.E. 1986), the University of Connecticut (B.S.M.E. 1989) and the Quinnipiac School of Law (J.D. 1992). He has taught in the Connecticut community college system, the University of New Haven and the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Alabama.
He and his wife, Attorney Carolyn Colangelo, are the proud parents of four children.