Public Input For Police Chief Search

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.



  1. This meeting is nothing but a feel good meeting and a joke because nithing is going to change because Mayor Ganim has allowed David Dunn to hire Randi Frank HR Consulting the company that is giving this exam. There is nothing about Randi Frank HR Consulting dealing with diversity in hiring from their exams. Her clients are all small towns and cities and none of them have the racial makeup of Bridgeport. David Dunn has been doing this for years hiring companies just like this one because their cost is much lower because they are dealing with a different type of population. What is this company’s record in giving non-discriminatory exams with the makeup of Bridgeport and what cities have they had good success in hiring people of color, none.

    There’s nothing on Randi Frank HR Consulting the company record that deals with disparate impact which would be a violation of the UNIFORM GUIDELINES ON EMPLOYEE SELECTION PROCEDURES as defined by the EEOC. In fact there’s nothing about this company in hiring blacks and nothing about the U.S. FEDERAL UNIFORM GUIDELINES ON EMPLOYEE SELECTION PROCEDURES. This is the same testing company that is giving the new police exam.

  2. We had a great police chief in our midst and we forced him out Chief Nardozzi was from out side the department and was tasked with reducing OT. The problem was he was good at his job and greatly reduced OT.
    The problem came from both sides. The money grubbing ganim ass kissing police union complained loudly. Chief Perez also did not like being shown up by Nardozzi and helped get him fired.
    Chief Perez is the least qualified chief I can remember. He spends more time kissing Ganims ass than he does keeping track of his cops.
    If you want to see something funny invite Perez and Bluementhal to the same affair where photos are being taken and see who gets the most camera time
    This year the department was budgeted for $6 million in OT and Perez spent $7.2 for OT how is that for management.

  3. Brian Norwood was a decent Chief of Police,forced out by Wild Bill Finch. Birdman didn’t like Norwood accruing more positive oress than himself.

  4. There must have been little confidence with the upper ranks of the police department that required the hiring of someone else to reduce overtime. The police departments job is to provide public safety and to do it within a budget. Some overtime can not be helped but you have to examine everything.

    Mentioned in this blog was talk of a high ranking Officer doing IT work. Perhaps this Officer is not the only one doing work a civilian can do and do cheaper too. The department has to examine itself to see why this happens.

    One of the key jobs of the chief is the obligation to the tax payer. This is where an oversight committee would come into play. Their task is to ask the hard questions on staffing and the status of each Officer regardless of rank. Perhaps the hiring of the next chief would include board similar to the appointment of a chief justice. Ask him or her how do they plan on controlling overtime? Perhaps the police commissioners could do this.

    Some overtime is going to be needed but if it is due to a staffing issue, the staffing needs to be addressed. Civilians should be hired to do the jobs cops are doing. This would free up these Officers and fill vacancies reducing overtime.

    What is the number of Officers if the department was fully staffed? Where is that number now? Is the department keeping up with retirements? Will this next class do anything but fill the vacancies created by retirees? If not than another class is going to be needed.

    None of this is difficult to implement and the tax payers deserve it they should be demanding it.


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