Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that he would be re-appointing Peter Boynton as commissioner of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Boynton was appointed by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009. In a prepared statement, Malloy said Boynton has served the state well as commissioner over the last few years and deftly handled the challenges of this year’s winter.

“Peter’s efforts and commitment, particularly through this relentless winter, have been a critical part of the department’s rapid response and ensuring we do all we can to keep Connecticut safe. This winter alone highlights just how important it is to have emergency services operating smoothly,” he said.

Boynton said he was happy to continue heading the department.

“Our job is to protect the citizens of Connecticut from disaster, and when we can’t do that, to help them recover as quickly as possible.  This is a responsibility that everyone in my department takes very seriously, and I am honored to work with such a dedicated team,” he said.

Boynton is a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where he worked in port security, search and rescue, as well as environmental protection, according to a statement from Malloy’s administration. Boynton led the implementation of post-9/11 maritime security standards in the Connecticut and Long Island areas, the statement said. He also served as a director on the White
House National Security Council staff, it said.

Prior to accepting Rell’s appointment, Boynton was the federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration at Bradley International Airport, according to the statement.