Ganim: I’ll Seek Further Input From Community In Selecting Next Chief

Mayor Joe Ganim has a decision to make about the next police chief who will serve at least the next five years. Some will like it, some won’t and others will shrug their shoulders. On Friday Ganim announced the process that took place leading to a vetting of the three finalists, one that includes his friend, Acting Chief AJ Perez, Captain Roderick Porter and New Haven Assistant Chief Luiz Casanova. Ganim also announced that “Over the next few weeks I will review these candidates and seek out further input from the community and ultimately select and appoint our next police chief.”

To view backgrounds of finalists click on their names:
Casanova, Luiz

Perez, Armando

Porter, Roderick

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Statement from Ganim:

I’d like to share with you the process and timeline that the City of Bridgeport is following in the selection of a police chief for our city. I thank those who have participated and invite others to share their input.

Civil Service began the process outlined by the city charter in March of this year. The city retained an outside consultant with extensive experience in the field of recruiting leadership positions. This consultant had also been contracted in the past to execute the selection of a former police chief for Bridgeport.

During this process, forums were hosted with local organizations and stakeholders including the general public, local community groups such as BCCY, as well as the Civil Service Commission, Police Commission, Labor Relations, the Fire Chief, EOC, the Police Department, Police Union, and Common Council members.

These open forums were noticed in the newspaper in print and digital editions to promote the meetings hosted in May of this year. People were also able to email their input directly to the consultant. This procedure allowed everyone to openly share his or her input in person or via email. This valuable information was utilized to establish the criteria in the application.

The acceptance of applications for the position of police chief began with public announcements and advertisements in May. These announcements were published in national and international publications such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, Women in Law Enforcement, Hispanic Law Enforcement Association and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. The consultant and Civil Service received responses from candidates of departments across the country, as well as from our own police department.

When the application deadline closed on June 15th, the formal testing process of the applicants began. Thirteen individuals passed a review for consideration from numerous applicants. Seven of those applicants advanced and became semi-finalist candidates, four from Connecticut, two from Texas and one from Illinois.

These semi-finalists then met with a panel of five professionals selected by the consultant. These experts serve or served as police chiefs, human resource directors, town managers and labor relations professionals of other communities. This panel conducted interviews with the semi-finalists and selected their top candidates.

This week the top three candidates have been certified to me by our Civil Service Personnel Director and their names were announced. Over the next few weeks I will review these candidates and seek out further input from the community and ultimately select and appoint our next police chief.

The names and resumes of our three finalists, as well as information about the process, the application, and panel of experts, can be found here

Since taking office my administration has hired one hundred new police officers, reinstated community policing, advanced department technology and systems, and have taken great strides in reducing crime. My commitment to improve public safety in the City of Bridgeport for our residents and for our schools continues to be a top priority.

Please feel free to email your feedback as input from our residents continues to be of value in this process. Send your email to



  1. More PR and baloney from Joe Ganim. A.J Perez will be the next Chief of Police for the Bridgeport Police Department. However,Officer Perez will be working under the cloud of illegitimacy during his tenure. I am really curious as to how Ganim will “community involvement.” The process has been cloaked in secrecy. Frankly, I don’t remember Ganim II having any community meetings anywhere and anytime since his redemption administration. Lots of PR events but no give and take with the constituents of BPT. I will say that he did have a “conversation” with enraged Bridgeporters after the last re-evaluation/mill rate hike. Otherwise,it’s been a wall between Mayor Joe Ganim and the People of Bridgeport,.

  2. Let’s start at the beginning again, “Acting” Personnel Director selected Randi Frank HR Consultant to give the police chief exam for a nation wide exam but this company as NO background in giving a police chief exam anywhere that has the demographic by race, population and they have not shown that they can give a non-discriminatory exam and how they deal with disparate impact with there exams. Randi Frank HR Consultant was chosen by Dunn base on one fact, they were the cheapest testing company that would do the exam and not on their ability to giving a police exam with the makeup of Bridgeport. The final results of this exam proves my point.

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  3. How many thousands of dollars did Bridgeport spend with this Randi Frank HR Consultant to do a nationwide search to find a new police chief and they came up with two individuals from the BPD and one from the NHPD. Malfeasance at the hand of the Acting Director of Civil Service David Dunn?

  4. Nice format, much better. Normally people don’t like change. I doubt that will be the case in this change. Just my one point, shouldn’t the latest post be on top of the older (hot topic) Posts. Maybe two, either have a picture for each post or have an OIB pitcher for the post. It will make (hot topic post) more appealing to the eye. best of luck. 🙂 PS the comment much nicer, could use a grammar in spell check for us less then educated posters, Andy. Like they say opinions, opinions are like assholes everyone has one, but that doesn’t mean it grammar efficient. 🙂

  5. Lennie,
    Something’s wrong with your new design.
    When I tried logging in it gave me a choice of if I wanted to log in as Donald Day or Ron Mackey.
    This may be why they have so many damn postings.

  6. Now OIB is just like the city of Bridgeport when they make all this hoopla about new website design.
    They change a little of the presentation but not the content. Bring back the old OIB.

  7. Who is Randi Frank???
    What is her background?
    How was she chosen?
    Did this go out to bid?
    How did she come up with a client list of Kentucky and Connecticut?
    And where is JML to ask these questions???

  8. It appears as if Perez is the only one without the benefit of a college degree, which should be the minimal standard for a new chief.

    Lennie, I would like to be able to see how many people have responded to an article without having to go into said article.

  9. Dear Bridgeport,

    You’ve been called the “armpit of New England,” and the face you present to the world is a ragged one. The PSE&G coal plant’s candy-striped smokestack on Tongue Point at Long Island Sound, inscrutable buildings covered with scaffolding as if begging to be unbuilt. The Wheelabrator trash incinerator with its plume like a flag, down the road from public housing. They drive by and wince at you like a woman who’s been hit and ask, “Why didn’t she leave?” But here you are, the place itself, so leaving is beside the point.

    What they don’t see is your memory of the Rooster River when it was the Uncowa, green artery for the Paugussett who hunted and fished and lived on Golden Hill. The English drew their lines and massacred the Pequots and took some Paugussett down with them, then sold 200 into slavery. They claimed lots and spaces and squares. The steamship came, the railroad came, industry came, the gunmakers came, Remington’s shot tower a vacant sentry now. Little Liberia, where Paugussett and freed Black men and women built their homes and worked on whaling ships and cooked for P.T. Barnum, whose elephants—honest—worked the stamping press at a toy factory in their winters off. The northeast side a ravaged silence where they once built bombs. The money’s gone somehow, the jobs are gone, and the city, left behind like a rapture of brownfields, raises its hands to be blamed by the sons of men who did the taking.

    From I-95 they speed past and sneer at hollow-eyed rows of salmon-brick factory buildings laid in the 1800s, not knowing the story of phonographs, corsets, brake pads, bias seam tape, buttons: the treasures you have made. I first fell in love when I walked through a hole in the chain link to touch that old brick, saw how open and unguarded you are, how you let the Tree of Heaven grow. I joke that driving past the tops of those buildings on the way to work I will be most likely to crash not from texting, but from gazing at the faces of my friends as they change: the trees in the third-floor gutters leafing out, the purple graffiti blooming and covered with swaths of black, the boarded window, the board removed, the record of visits from new explorers bent on taking not much besides a memory.

    Standing on Golden Hill out to the shining Sound, wandering to see art at small galleries, counting Puerto Rican flags in the windows after Hurricane Maria, eating pho, walking Park Avenue, finding history where history is not marked. Your poets and protests against police violence, your fifteen-year-old Jayson Negron killed-too-young by the police, your painted steps and vintage and performance and pizza, your empty storefronts home to a bike collective, a thousand shy efforts to remake the abandoned spaces. Your “I <3 BPT” t-shirts and street-corner demonstrations protesting the Trump visit to the Klein Auditorium where MLK spoke, your face-to-face with a security guard threatening to arrest me… no, that wasn’t you, Bridgeport. That man was clearly from somewhere else. Your spoken word, your WPKN radio, your archive. Your children. Your Cape Verdean and Congo, your immigrant, your Cesar Batalla and Young Lords Party feeding the schoolchildren. Your Nanny Goat Park and Seaside, your shining calm. Your Jasper McLevy, the only socialist mayor of a major city, did you know? ’33 to ’57; imagine that.

    I was born to love you, it seems: child of the Rust Belt, sent south and then up East to work, and now, honest-to-god, I live across the street from a Superfund site, which is just superfun with a “d” and we won’t imagine what that stands for. Neither of us can seem to stop, and so it makes sense that I find myself nestled beneath one of your arms, city of Industria Crescimus: by industry we thrive. By any means necessary. When I first came to Connecticut, the Gold Coast of Fairfield County glinted in the distance like Vegas hidden in clapboard, and it wasn’t for me. So I took shelter behind you, tucking into a tiny house on your opposite border. I was using you, taking shelter behind your fucked-up face, hiding in a town that reminded me of the battered and confused place where I grew up. Now under one thin arm I bend close to your heart and put my head on your shoulder. I am not afraid of the marks of work. I understand the wounds inflicted by those who have left, and I love you and every line on your face.

    ~ Sonya Huber


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