'Follow the law' - Bridgeport councilmembers call on Ganim to replace acting police chief
of the Bridgeport City Council and prominent residents are calling on Mayor Joe
Ganim to replace the acting police chief appointed in the wake of former police
chief AJ Perez’s indictment.
and the city’s acting personnel director David Dunn were arrested for allegedly defrauding
the city by rigging the 2018 police chief examination, mandated by the City
Charter, to ensure Perez would be selected for the position.
were also charged with making false statements to federal agents in the course
of the investigation.
then appointed Assistant Chief Rebeca Garcia to acting chief following
Perez's resignation. Bridgeport City Councilwoman Maria Pereira says that the
appointment was not valid because Ganim failed to appoint a permanent police
chief as required by the City Charter.
he chose to appoint an acting chief of police that did not participate in the
national chief of police search in 2018, therefore is not a finalist on the
current employment list," she said.
on that list is former New Haven Assistant Police Chief Lewis Casanova and
current Bridgeport Police Capt. Rod Porter, who lives in
Eneida Martinez and former state Rep. Chris Caruso joined Pereira’s call for Garcia’s
law is there, follow the law – and it's about time people in this city started
holding this mayor accountable to the law,” said Caruso.
In a statement, the city
cited its own portion of the charter which reads: "The Mayor may appoint any member of
the department as acting chief so long as they possess the qualifications of chief
The statement goes on
to say, “Acting Chief Rebeca Garcia clearly meets
the qualifications of this Charter section."