Mayor Joe Ganim denied in an interview with the Associated Press he influenced the selection of candidates for police chief.
“I never had any contact with anybody in the process until I got three names and what I did was by charter,” Ganim said.
“I’m sorry it happened,” the mayor said. “It’s just not a good thing for the city at all. But there is no question of (my) involvement. No claims at all. The city completely has done everything, provided everything in information. If you get an opportunity to talk to them, the government wouldn’t disagree with anything I’m telling you.”
The mayor, per the City Charter, can appoint a chief to a five-year contract from a finalist list of three.
Federal officials charged Chief AJ Perez and Personnel Director David Dunn with manipulating the ranking process to short list Perez. Both of them have resigned from their positions.
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