Following the City Council’s Monday night approval of a consulting contract to oversee the emergency operations center, Joe Gaudett on Tuesday issued his resignation as police chief. Captain A.J. Perez will lead the department as acting chief.
“The purpose of this correspondence is to inform you of my intention to retire as the Chief of the Bridgeport Police Department effective immediately,” Gaudett wrote in a letter to Mayor Joe Ganim submitted Tuesday afternoon. “I would like to express my great gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the Citizens of the City of Bridgeport for nearly thirty-three years, the last seven years as the Chief of Police.”
“I want to thank Joe Gaudett for his dedicated service to the public safety of Bridgeport and I look forward to working with him in his new role,” said Ganim. “I am also elated to name AJ Perez, a widely respected veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department as our city’s next chief. This is a new day in Bridgeport and we will have a new direction in our police department. We will return to the fundamentals of community policing and effective law enforcement, building up the size of the police force and the trust between the Bridgeport police and our community. AJ Perez is a natural leader who will inspire his fellow Bridgeport police and I look forward to swearing him in.”
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as Bridgeport’s next police chief,” said Perez. “We are going to do great things in the city of Bridgeport, and I believe in the leadership that Mayor Ganim is providing to our city and to the police department. Together and with all the talented men and women of the Bridgeport police department we will make our city safer. We believe in the Bridgeport that can be!”
Ganim will publicly swear in Perez as Bridgeport’s next police chief at a public ceremony Thursday 5 p.m. at Bridgeport City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace.