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Entries Tagged as 'Joe Gaudett'

Balletto’s Ballet–Testa Fundraiser Hauls in $43K, $10K Donated To State Party

February 18th, 2017 · 64 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

When Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa hosted a fundraiser in November at his Madison Avenue restaurant it was billed as a general election rally to also commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback. Backed by the political payroll and developers, with an all-star cast of city and state politicians, the chairman flexed […]

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Pricey Public Safety Consultant Chapman Also Had Difficulty Controlling Overtime As Chief

January 30th, 2017 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement

Mayor Joe Ganim’s public safety consultant Wilbur Chapman, hired at $120,000 per year to reel in police overtime, had trouble doing that very thing when he was Bridgeport police chief even though he had 100 more sworn officers at his deployment disposal, according to a review of overtime statistics and staffing levels provided by multiple […]

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Former Police Chief Chapman Returns To Overtime, Staffing Challenges

January 17th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Struggling with health issues and a long commute to the city, former Police Chief Wilbur Chapman who serves as a public safety consultant has resurfaced following a lengthy non-paid absence. Mayor Joe Ganim hired Chapman in December 2015 to serve as police department hatchet man and reel in overtime that’s gotten out of control once […]

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In First Year Back, Ganim Juggles Police Leadership, Low Cop Staffing

November 28th, 2016 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Joe Ganim’s political comeback in 2015 was punctuated by a bit of déjà vu. In 1991, the Democratic candidate against Republican incumbent Mary Moran, he carved out a campaign message that focused on strengthening an understaffed Police Department fighting historic violent crime as well as restoring fiscal sanity with a city in bankruptcy court. As […]

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Where’s Wilbur Chapman? ‘C’mon, Wilbur’

November 26th, 2016 · 10 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Earlier this year some City Council members sought to trim the budget by defunding the $120,000 public safety adviser job Mayor Joe Ganim created for a political ally, ex-Police Chief Wilbur Chapman …

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Disciplinary Action To Be Announced In Racist Letter Case

November 8th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The issue has been in the news for more than a year and has certainly frustrated a number of city police officers, but this week the city is expected to announce disciplinary action against Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell and another officer involving the fabrication of a racially charged letter that has generated unrest in the Police […]

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Revisiting Ganim’s Historic Comeback

November 3rd, 2016 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

One year ago on Nov. 3, Joe Ganim made history reclaiming the mayoral office he was forced out of following his conviction on federal corruption charges in 2003. Thursday night city Democrats and supporters will honor the one-year anniversary of that election at a fundraiser at Testo’s Restaurant owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa. […]

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Brian Rooney To Retire As Fire Chief, Who’s Next In Line?

May 17th, 2016 · 58 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Civil Service, Firefighters, News and Events

UPDATE: Bridgeport Fire Chief Brian Rooney is planning his retirement from the department later this week, per city charter regulation limiting the chief’s tenure to two five-year terms. One of the prominent names as a possible replacement on an acting basis is Assistant Fire Chief Richard Thode, a department veteran for more than 20 years. […]

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