Gov. Ned Lamont is nominating Department of Corrections interim commissioner Angel Quiros to become the department's permanent leader, the governor announced Wednesday.
Quiros, 52, previously served as the deputy commissioner of operations at the Department of Corrections. Quiros has 31 years of corrections experience, according to Marc Pelka, Under Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.
"I plan not only to meet but exceed your expectations for the largest state agency in the state of Connecticut," Quiros told Lamont at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Quiros is of Puerto Rican heritage and was born in Hartford and raised as a teenager in the city, he said.
Quiros said his priority is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic in the state's correctional institutions and preparing for any possible spikes in the fall. He said he will have serious conversations around the closures of some facilities beginning in 2021.