In the roughly 16 months of Joe Ganim’s return to office, about 230 city hires have taken place, a solid one-third from the ranks of uniformed services as the city struggles to keep pace with attrition from police and fire. See list of mostly full-time city hires since December 1, 2015 here.
OIB, in a freedom of information request, asked the city for a complete list of hires since Ganim resumed office December 1, 2015. The hiring information is sequential by date with a majority of Ganim’s three to four dozen discretionary appointments listed in his early weeks as mayor that includes department heads, deputies and inner-office staff.
Some Ganim discretionary staffing changes have occurred such as his initial Chief of Staff Danny Roach moved over to director of Construction Services in the Public Facilities Department headed by John Ricci. In January Ganim hired Christine Bartlett-Josie, who worked on his comeback campaign, as deputy chief of staff followed by the February hiring of Dan Shamas as chief of staff. Shamas, who spent most of his professional career as a Bridgeport educator, had the role for several years of JG1.
One recent Ganim hiring defection has occurred, State Rep. Charlie Stallworth resigned Wednesday from his position overseeing the Small & Minority Business Resource Center. Stallworth walked into the mayor’s office as a roughly $100K-a-year hire in December 2015, but he and Ganim had a falling-out over several issues. Stallworth’s hours were reduced in January to coincide with the state legislative session that took him away from city service time.
The list includes department description, hire date, hourly rate and annual salary.
School crossing guards under the umbrella of the Police Department are listed at 9.03 per hour. That is a typo. They received the then-minimum wage $9.60 per hour. They receive no medical, but life insurance as a benefit.
The list does not include seasonal, part-time workers with no benefits.
Police and fire hires account for the largest employment areas. The Police Department, in particular, has lost many sworn officers the past several years to retirements and other municipalities poaching personnel.