About half the City Council, and the number appears to be rising, want Mayor Joe Ganim’s campaign for governor to reimburse the city for police security when he’s on the stump. Ganim has reimbursed the city for mileage. Why not for police detail? Why would Ganim need police outside of the city? What’s wrong with campaign operatives driving him around?
CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more:
Meanwhile Councilman Peter Spain and some colleagues submitted a resolution calling on Ganim to reimburse the city for security while running for governor.
The resolution is on the council’s agenda Tuesday for referral to the budget committee.
Ganim’s security detail, its cost, and his sometime use of both a city vehicle and police driver last year while exploring a gubernatorial bid, had already come under fire locally. Then Jan. 3, Ganim’s first day as an official gubernatorial candidate, his rented campaign vehicle, driven by Garcia, was stopped by a state trooper in Southington for speeding at 87 mph.
Full story here.
Pete Spain resolution:
Submitted by Councilmember: Pete Spain (130th District)
Co-Sponsors(s): Marcus Brown, Kyle Langan, Eneida Martinez, Ernie Newton, Christina Smith.
District(s): 130th, 132nd, and 139th.
Subject: Resolution for full reimbursement and transparent reporting by Mayor to City of Bridgeport
Referred to: Budget and Appropriations Committee
Whereas the Bridgeport City Charter Chapter 9, Section 4 states the authority of City Council to procure information.
Whereas the City Council established an annual budget as detailed by City Charter Chapter 9, Section 5.
Whereas Police Department overtime expenses have exceeded budgets in recent years and has required measures to address overtime spending.
Whereas the Mayor has chosen to utilize police officers for driving and security duties with resulting regular overtime payroll expenses.
Whereas the Office of State Ethics Advisory Opinion No, 1993-23 details appropriate reimbursement for use of Connecticut State Troopers for driving and security during the campaign of Lieutenant Governor Eunice Groark.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Mayor reimburse the City of Bridgeport for all expenses related to the use of Bridgeport Police Department officers for driving and security duties during his campaign for the Office of Governor of the State of Connecticut.
Be it further resolved that a report of all expenses related to the use of on-duty Bridgeport Police Department officers reflecting location, event and hours and all resulting regular and overtime payroll expense be presented to the City Council by the tenth day of the month following the month of those expenses.
Be it further resolved that these reimbursements reflect regular and overtime salary, as well as pension contributions.
Be it further resolved that the City of Bridgeport Finance Director certify receipt of reimbursement for those expenses by the twentieth day of the month following the month of those expenses.