Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance reassigned to traffic

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HARTFORD–There will be a new voice–and face–for the Connecticut State Police following the transfer of current Public Information Officer Lt. Paul Vance.

Vance, who is the department’s spokesman and media relations commander, will be reassigned to traffic in three weeks, where the Hartford Courant reports he will supervise 30 people. The Courant spoke to Col. Brian Meraviglia, the State Police commander, who said this wasn’t due to a disciplinary or performance issue, but rather that police managers frequently move between departments, and Vance has been in his position for a long time.

According to his LinkedIn account, Vance, who is 62, has been a member of the Connecticut State Police Department since 1974. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998, master sergeant in July 2006 and lieutenant in October 2006.

According to the Connecticut government transparency website, Vance’s salary in fiscal year 2014 was $126,734.30.

Vance gained national attention as the spokesperson who handled the media relations during and after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. He makes speeches across the country about media and police relations, including at local colleges like Quinnipiac.