For the past four decades Bridgeport mayors have had drivers, some more than others, utilizing inner-office staff or a police officer sometimes dictated by the daily schedule. Detective Ramon Garcia has assumed that role for JG2. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart examines the need for a driver and what other Connecticut cities do for mayoral security details.
The city viewed through the lens of Joe Ganim’s successful comeback campaign last year was a dangerous one, plagued by homicides and non-fatal gunplay that required stronger executive leadership.
>But dangerous enough that the returned mayor needs a seasoned city detective with 22 years on the force, earning over $77,000, assigned to his office–and at the wheel of his car?
Ganim was known to have a police officer as a driver when he last served as chief executive from 1991 to 2003. In fact one of the men to serve in that role–Armando Perez, now head of detectives–remains a close confidant of Ganim’s.
Successors John Fabrizi and Bill Finch, the latter whom Ganim ousted last year, would sometimes use drivers, but not as frequently as Ganim.
Full story here.