Shelton man is named a state Superior Court judge

A Shelton man has been nominated to become a state Superior Court judge by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Kevin S. Russo, a supervisory assistant state’s attorney since 2007, was one of 18 people named to judgeships by Malloy.

“My appointment always will belong to this governor, but the humility of it will always belong to me,” Russo said. “I am committed to taking the confidence entrusted to me by this administration to serve justice, and pass it along to the people of this state who remain no different than I.”

The appointment of Russo and the others now will have to be confirmed by the state legislature.

Has worked for FBI and as an ironworker

Russo also has been an assistant state’s attorney for the state of Connecticut and worked with the FBI. He’s served as a litigation associate with Cromody & Torrance LLC and as a supervisor with Connecticut Legal Research.

In addition, he worked as a union ironworker for six years.

Russo received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a law degree from Western New England College School of Law (Springfield, Mass.).

‘Thoughtful, reasoned and fair’

In his announcement, Malloy named two individuals as Connecticut Appellate Court judges and 16 people — including Russo — as Superior Court judges.

“In selecting judicial nominees and reviewing the pool of candidates, I look to choose individuals with the experience, temperament and skills to be thoughtful, reasoned and fair jurists,” Malloy said.

“It is a careful, meticulous process because we want to ensure that the men and women who sit on our bench will serve our state with distinction, fairness, competence, ethics, and above all, respect for the people of Connecticut,” he said.

The 16 Superior Court nominations will fill 26 vacancies that currently exist on that court, which includes the ones being created by the elevation of two sitting Superior Court judges to the Appellate Court.