Connecticut State Police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle
State Police Lab Official Regains Status As Officer
January 19, 2007
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer
MERIDEN -- Andrew Crumbie, chief of staff to Public Safety Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle, has returned to the state police as a sworn member and has been named commanding officer of the division of scientific services in Meriden.
Crumbie, who left the department in 2004 and was lured back by Boyle when he was named commissioner, returned to his rank of sergeant recently but will continue to run the forensic laboratory, state police said.
In January 2006, after administrative problems surfaced at the laboratory, Boyle asked Crumbie to take over administrative responsibilities there on a long-term basis. That position, however, took him out of headquarters and minimized Crumbie's role in helping to guide the department.
With all the turmoil in the state police and rumors of Boyle resigning soon, Crumbie asked to return to his sworn position in the department and said he wants to remain in the lab.
"He will continue to serve as commanding officer of scientific services," Boyle said.
Boyle credited Crumbie with helping to get back on track a highly touted mitochondrial DNA program, one of four used by the FBI, which had managerial problems.
"He has gained the complete confidence of the FBI as well as other agencies that deal with scientific services," Boyle said.
Forensic expert Henry C. Lee, chief emeritus at the lab, wrote a letter to M. Lisa Moody, Gov. M. Jodi Rell's chief of staff, asking her to place Crumbie in the lab permanently because of the improvements he has made there.
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