Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday announced that the Civil Service office will conduct two public forums on May 10 as part of the search process for a police chief. The city has retained government employee consultant Randi Frank to help oversee the hiring process with input from the public for the qualities they seek in a chief.
Stakeholders, city leaders and community members can attend May 10 at noon and 6 p.m. in the Wheeler Rooms of City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace. The meetings are open to the public, no reservation required.
“This is a very important position within our city’s leadership,” said Ganim in a prepared statement. “I am encouraging all residents and members of our clergy and community groups to participate in this process. I am glad to hear that there are already several representatives of faith-based organizations that are planning to attend. It is important for everyone to have their voice heard and share their thoughts on what characteristics they believe to be essential for Bridgeport’s Police Chief.”
Ganim’s long-time friend AJ Perez is currently serving as chief in an acting capacity.
Under a charter amendment approved by voters about 30 years ago the chiefs of police and fire can serve up to two, five-year terms. The mayor makes the appointment from the top three finalists.