From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
Callie Heilmann, founder of Generation Now, said of the chief search: “What is unique about Bridgeport that requires such a secret process? Whatever confidence the administration thinks they’re getting by keeping the panel members secret is going to be completely offset by the fact the public will feel very frustrated and shut out from the process.”
Frank did meet in the spring with the City Council and some community groups, and held two public forums to receive community leaders’ and residents’ input on what they want in a top cop.
Councilman Ernest Newton said, “The names of the people that sit on this (selection) committee should be public information. That way it keeps it open and fair to make sure it’s balanced … and not stacked one way.”
City Councilman Kyle Langan, who has been vocal about his dissatisfaction with the current leadership and direction of the police department, cautioned the Ganim administration that a “clandestine and opaque” hunt for a chief would only create controversy around the results.
Full story here.