New Health Director Maritza Bond Starts Tuesday

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday swore in Maritza Bond as the new Director of Health for the city of Bridgeport. Bond brings extensive experience in health administration including nearly a decade with the Eastern Area Health Education Center covering Eastern Connecticut from a base in New London, serving as the organization’s executive director for the last four years. Bond also has experience managing immunization, medical interpretation and other programs for diverse populations in the Bridgeport area and the Naugatuck Valley. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and holds a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington. Bond was nominated for the position by Mayor Ganim after a thorough search and was overwhelmingly approved by the Bridgeport city council on October 17, 2016.

“I am very happy to have Maritza Bond as part of our administration, I am sure she will serve the residents of Bridgeport extremely well,” said Mayor Ganim. “Maritza brings more than 15 years experience in public health administration, dealing with the challenges that face communities such as Bridgeport. Maritza has also spent years working with diverse populations on everything from oral and dental health to immunizations, prevention of communicable diseases, fighting asthma, improving nutrition and many other issues. She clearly has passion and energy for this work and we look forward to years of accomplishments in improving public health in our city that Maritza will lead.”

“I am truly delighted to begin this new journey in Bridgeport,” said Bond. “I am committed to public health excellence in this city, in partnership with community organizations and the citizens of Bridgeport. We will seek public input and feedback, we are looking for the best ideas for how to promote public health and have the strongest positive impact in our community. I thank both Mayor Ganim and the Bridgeport city council for this honor and opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Maritza Bond’s first official day as Bridgeport Director of Health will be Tuesday November 1, 2016 and according to Connecticut state law, she is now sworn in for a term of four years, to conclude on October 31, 2020.



  1. Repost from October 1.

    Rather thin resume.

    She heads up a 501(c)(3) that does health education training? She has no municipal health department experience. She has an MPA degree, same as Baptista and Blunt.

    Brian Lockhart’s story includes everything on Bond’s current employer’s website. There are gaps an interview could have addressed.

    It would be interesting to see the scoring sheets used by the committee members who did the interview process to understand why she was selected.

  2. Let’s see how long before Maritza Bond the new Director of Health for the city of Bridgeport is kicked out of her position by Mayor Ganim, after all Ganim has had a hard time dealing with women of color who have held this position plus he has a hard time dealing with strong women.

  3. The more I look at Maritza Bond the more she looks like Ray Garcia’s pretty wife who is a BOE school nurse. Ray Garcia is the BPD Detective who drives Mayor Ganim around earning as much as $1,800 per WEEK in overtime. Ray Garcia’s beautiful daughter is working in Finance making over $35,000 per year. And one of the new appointees on the Housing Authority is Ray Garcia’s son.

    I am willing to bet this is an immediate family member of Ray Garcia’s wife, which explains why she received this position over many other significantly more qualified applicants. Ray Garcia, his wife, his daughter and Ms. Bond are not residents of Bridgeport.

  4. Insider trading in Bpt is at its height. Hirees with marginal qualifications, approved by City Council Members with in-over-their-heads qualifications, is standard practice. Once a person with a dubious felonious history is re-elected “Mayor,” it follows the bar is set pretty low.

    I’ve seen this scenario played out in other non-profit situations. Hiring and acquiring the best and the brightest is a threat to the ensconced mediocre players who circle the wagons and keep expectations low in order to keep themselves and their operations unchallenged, unquestioned and kept swept under the carpet. It’s Halloween, I just watched the 1964 classic “Carnival of Souls,” it reminded me of all of the above.

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