Bridgeport has more actors than Hollywood. What should come first, a permanent personnel director to conduct a search for a permanent police chief, or authorize the acting personnel director to seek a new top cop? CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart examines the question, as pressure mounts on Mayor Joe Ganim for action.
“It’s urgent we get a police chief,” said Councilwoman Jeanette Herron, who sits on the legislative body’s public safety committee. “We need to get morale back and correct the department’s inefficiencies and bring it up to standard.”
Herron and Councilman Matthew McCarthy have for months been calling on Ganim to quickly find a successor to Armando Perez, the former top cop arrested last September for cheating in 2018 to get that job. He and ex-Civil Service Director David Dunn, who in that role helped oversee the chief search and conspired to ensure Perez was a finalist, were sentenced this week to, respectively, one year-and-a day and four months in federal prison.
“The (chief) search needs to be started yesterday,” McCarthy said Wednesday.
But Council President Aidee Nieves wants Ganim to prioritize hiring a personnel head–an opinion she first voiced in January.
“Now that the Dunn/Perez case has been closed, it is imperative for the city to move on with a search for a new, permanent personnel director,” Nieves said Wednesday. She has had “informal conversations” with the mayor and his chief of staff, Dan Shamas, and said “it is my hope that is his (Ganim’s) intention now that both cases have been adjudicated.”
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