After 86 days, one quarter spent in isolation due to a dubious Covid protocol, former Bridgeport Personnel Director David Dunn has been released to home confinement to fill out his four-month prison sentence for conspiring with ex Chief Armando Perez to rig the 2018 top cop test.
When Dunn, 73, surrendered to the prison facility in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania he was expecting assignment to the federal camp reserved largely for first-time, non-violent offenders. Instead, he spent the first three weeks in 24-hour cell isolation, as part of the prison’s Covid protocol, irrespective of being fully vaccinated. Welcome to Schuykill.
Last week Dunn was released to a halfway house in Hartford where he was immediately assigned to his home in Stratford strapped with an ankle bracelet to track his movements. He requires permission to leave his home for shopping and medical attention, etc.
In sentencing Dunn in April, U.S. District Judge Kari Dooley said Perez’s role was far more “egregious.” Perez is serving his time, sentenced to a year and a day, in the Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in Glenville, W.Va.
Dunn’s loyalty to political protocol bit him hard in this case when he conspired with Perez to wire the 2018 test for top cop in his favor including question advantage and eliminating the requirement that all applicants hold a bachelor’s degree. The inside job placed Perez, who also received testing assistance from two police subordinates, among the top three finalists that allowed Mayor Joe Ganim to select him for the five-year appointment, under City Charter regulations.
Why did Dunn do it?
He was being a loyal political soldier and as the judge pointed out he derived no personal benefit. Dunn says he thought that’s what the mayor wanted, based on Ganim’s long-time friendship with Perez, irrespective of no contact with Ganim asking or ordering him to make it easy to select Perez. Dunn says he had no conversation with Ganim during the selection process.
Dunn has also completed $300,000 in restitution payment. When his time is officially completed, he will spend two years on supervised release, a form of probation.