The City Council Monday night will act on the letter agreement of Captain Rebeca Garcia who has been appointed assistant chief by Mayor Joe Ganim and top cop AJ Perez.
The letter was approved unanimously by the Contracts Committee. She’s expected to receive the oath Monday night presuming ratification by the full council.
Police chief and assistant chief, the two top police positions, are the only ranks not affiliated with a collective bargaining unit. Garcia’s starting pay will be $142,425.
Ganim and Perez announced Garcia’s appointment on November 25. The position has been vacant since January 2016 when James Nardozzi was removed in a department shakeup after Ganim’s return to the mayoralty. Nardozzi sued. The city and Nardozzi have come to terms on a settlement that also requires City Council approval.
Former Mayor Tom Bucci, a labor relations legal specialist, is representing several high ranking police officers who assert the assistant chief position should have been advertised competitively.
See full council agenda here.
Also Monday night new rules begin for the public speaking portion at 6:30 p.m. extending the number of speakers to a maximum of 10 with up to three minutes each. It had been six speakers up to five minutes each.