It’s always an interesting transition going from flatfoot scribe to flack. New Haven Register crime reporter Bill Kaempffer is doing just that, according to the New Haven Independent’s Melissa Bailey www.newhavenindependent.org. Cops are a unique breed to deal with under any circumstances. Good luck, Bill. Former WICC News Director Tim Quinn had the job before he was let go in May 2011 for issuing a racially insensitive email. Quinn, with his twisted sense of humor, had made similar statements on the radio all the time, but it’s different when you’re on the public trough. Quinn was paid at a rate of $69,000 a year.
After 14 years on the beat, New Haven’s best-sourced crime reporter is moving to the other side of the desk.
Bill Kaempffer, who reports on police and fire for the New Haven Register, has landed a job as the spokesman for the Bridgeport police department.
His last day reporting for the Register will be Dec. 7, he said.
Kaempffer, who’s 44, got hired at the Register in 1998 after covering a police beat in Pittsburgh for six years. Over the years, he became an omnipresence at major crime scenes and developed a regional reputation as the hardest-working and best informed reporter on the beat.
Becoming the voice of a police department was a logical move, he said.
“It’s pretty safe to say that I’ve been a police reporter for most of my adult life. Making this transition, it seems kind of natural. This is all I’ve really ever done,” he said.
Kaempffer will continue to live in New Haven.
“I’m going to miss the Register terribly,” he said. “It’s been a very important and time-consuming part of my life.”