Reuben Bradford, Gov.-elect Dan Malloy’s pick to run the Department of Public Safety, made two appointments to the top levels of the Connecticut state police on Dec. 29.

Danny Stebbins, a former state police major, will become the deputy commissioner of the department and the colonel of the state police force. While Robert Corona, another state police veteran, will become the lieutenant colonel of the state police and its commanding officer of field operations.

Combined, the two have over 60 years of law enforcement experience, according to a prepared statement from the Malloy administration.

“Reuben and I have great faith in Danny and Robert, and know that their skills and service will be invaluable to the state police,” Malloy said. I’m looking to Reuben, Danny and Robert to help shape a force and a department that is inclusive, diverse and dedicated to the safety and security of our state’s residents.”

Bradford said that both men were chosen because of their wide range of skill sets during their long tenure with the state police.

“As a veteran of the State Police force, I know the talent, experience and qualifications these men will bring to their new positions at the Department of Public Safety,” Bradford said. “They have committed their lives to keeping the public safe, and their front-line and administrative experience will be invaluable to the men and women in the State Police force.”

Stebbins is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and has most recently worked as an intelligence specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s anti-terrorism unit. He will be reinstated as a state policeman when he returns to the Department of Public Safety.

Corona, who joined the state police in 1985, has been the commanding officer of several of the state police troops throughout Connecticut. He is also a veteran of the first Gulf War and has served in three different military services, being honorably discharged from the Army, Marine Corps, and the Air Force reserves.