Outgoing Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia cites “politics” as the reason she was passed over for the permanent position. She’s right, but not in the manner she thinks. The internal racial politics Garcia created in the police department, including the marginalizing of Captain Lonnie Blackwell and the retirement of Captain Roderick Porter whom Mayor Joe Ganim announced on Thursday as the new chief, were factors in Ganim’s decision.
Keeping her in command would be more of the same.
“When the times got tough, I didn’t resort to litigation,” she said during a public forum, clearly a swipe at both Blackwell and Porter.
Now that she’s retiring let’s see if she has a different perspective.
From CT Post:
Rebeca Garcia, who has served as acting police chief for just over two years, has decided to retire from the department after being passed over by Mayor Joe Ganim for the permanent job.
In her statement announcing her retirement, Garcia called Ganim’s decision to instead choose recently retired Capt. Roderick Porter and give him a five year contract a result of “politics.”
“I was offered the position of Assistant Chief however, I have gracefully declined the position,” Garcia said in a statement to Hearst Connecticut Media late Friday afternoon. “I would like to thank all of the members of the Bridgeport Police Department who not only supported me but also made a difference for our community during these tasking times.
“Unfortunately, ‘politics’ got in the path of the decision making therefore, I am retiring from the department with 32 years experience,” she said. “I truly wish Roderick Porter the very best with taking the leadership helm of the department. To the Members of the Bridgeport Police Department who joined together on effectuating positive change and impact–thank you!”
“I want to thank Acting Chief Rebeca Garcia for stepping up during a challenging period for the department,” (Ganim) said. “She has put in numerous hours over the past two years and has always supported the Police department. I wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors.”
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