Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release For More Information:
September 28, 2022 Communications@bridgeportct.gov
Mayor Ganim Announces Process To Solicit Public Feedback on Police Chief Candidates
Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Ganim today announced a timeline for soliciting feedback from elected officials and the public regarding who should be chosen as the next Bridgeport Chief of Police.
The timeline below includes two public hearings that will allow Bridgeport residents and stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions of the top 3 candidates. One will be held at Central High School. The second one will be held at Harding High School. These public hearings will both be lived streamed on Facebook live.
The Mayor will be calling a Special Meeting of the City Council to interview the top 3 candidates in the City Council Chamber. The meeting will be chaired by the Council President. The public will be able to attend, but only members of the Council will be able to ask questions.
Additionally, a meeting has been scheduled to give City Department Heads and members of the Bridgeport State Legislative Delegation the opportunity to interview the candidates.
The City of Bridgeport has established an email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) in which elected officials and members of the public may provide feedback to the Mayor on the top 3 candidates. People may also submit feedback in writing by sending it to the Office of the Mayor at 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Feedback will be accepted until October 28th.
Mayor Ganim will subsequently interview the top 3 candidates and announce his decision by mid-November.
Mayor Ganim said, “Public safety is vital to the quality of life for our residents. It is important that community members, elected officials, and stakeholders have the opportunity to vet these three candidates, including the backgrounds and experiences that they might bring to the role of Police Chief. I encourage people to please attend these forums and provide constructive feedback as I consider these three candidates.”
Police Chief Selection Timeline:
- October 11: Community Forum at Central High School @ 6pm
- October 13: City Council Forum at City Council Chambers @ 6pm
- October 18: Community Forum at Harding High School @ 6pm
- October 20: Meeting with City Department Heads and Members of the Bridgeport Legislative Delegation at City Hall Annex (Time TBD)
- Late October/Early November: Mayor will interview the top 3 candidates.
- By Mid-November: Mayor will announce his choice for Chief of Police.
More information on the background of the forum may be found on the City's website at www.bridgeportct.gov/BPDChief2022.