With public safety a key city issue in recent weeks from police staffing levels to neighborhood crime, a communications aide in the mayor’s office has been named a temporary, part-time public information officer, according to Communications Director Brett Broesder. Kevin Coughlin replaces Bill Kaempffer who is currently on leave due to a medical issue.
Kaempffer, a former journalist, had served as a responsive face and voice of the police and fire departments sharing the good, bad and ugly of public safety stories. He made himself available day and night to media requests providing reliable information.
His leave left a void at a time public safety has become a front burner issue governmentally and politically in this mayoral campaign cycle.
Coughlin joined Bridgeport’s communications team in May of this year to help assist with public information duties, according to Broesder.
“He’s filling a tough role, but after working with Kevin, I believe he’s up for the job of ensuring the press continues getting the information they need regarding public safety,” said Police Chief Joe Gaudett in a statement.
Coughlin will serve as a primary media contact for issues in the state’s largest city surrounding police, fire, and emergency management, according to Broesder.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with Kevin to get information about the Fire Department out to the public, and have been encouraged by what we’ve seen of his work to date,” said Fire Chief Brian Rooney in a statement.
Coughlin’s background includes working closely with former Norwalk Police Chief and current Mayor Harry Rilling. He also has an extensive background in communications and policy work.