After two years with Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Commissioner Peter Boynton is moving on.

Boynton was first appointed to the post under Republican Governor Jodi Rell. During his tenure, he’s led the department through Presidential disaster declarations for federal aid, earthquakes, blizzards and most recently Tropical Storm Irene.

The department he leaves is very different from the one he entered in 2009. Back in July, as part of Governor Malloy’s consolidation, his department became part of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

His service to Connecticut started long before this job. He oversaw the Transportation Security Administration at Bradley International Airport and was the Captain of the Port for Connecticut and Long Island with the Coast Guard.

Today, a conversation with Peter Boynton about the state’s response to disasters, homeland security and the war on drugs.