With the retirement of budget chief Tom Sherwood, Mayor Joe Ganim has elevated veteran financial official Nestor Nkwo to serve as director of the Office of Policy and Management responsible for building the city budget. Nkwo has worked in the city budget office for more than two decades. OPM builds the spending side of the budget on behalf of the mayor that will be submitted to the City Council in April.
Ganim also named Janene Hawkins, pastor of Walters AME Zion Church, director of Labor Relations. Larry Osborne retired from the position last week. According to a news release issued by the mayor’s office Hawkins earned a law degree from Indiana University School of Law and served as a law clerk and employee relations specialist dealing with conflict resolution and employment negotiation. Hawkins will lead labor management contract negotiations with various bargaining units and oversee labor disputes and employee disciplinary issues.
“As I continue to fill the posts in my administration necessary to run the city of Bridgeport, I am looking for the best candidates to fill each position,” said Ganim in a statement. “I am so pleased to have a richly diverse and talented team of people each dedicated enough to building on Bridgeport’s strengths and improving our quality of life.”
Nkwo and Hawkins annual salaries are $124,110.