Stamford community expresses disapproval for police chief appointee

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STAMFORD -
Stamford residents voiced their frustration with the mayor's pick for police chief at a meeting of the appointments committee Wednesday night.
 
Chris Murtha was selected for the post earlier this month. He is from Prince George's County, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
 
Dozens showed up to the meeting and voiced their desire for a candidate from the community.
 
"It is dishonest when we have talent that is here," said Bonnie Kim Campbell of Stamford.
 
Opponents of Murtha have also pointed out problems in Prince George County, including a discrimination lawsuit and a Department of Justice investigation.
 
Many praised assistant chief Jim Matheny as a possible candidate for the top spot in the police department.
 
"We find Matheny as a person who is local--who can hit the ground running," said Talay Hafiz, President of the Stamford Islamic Center. "I don't think there is any person who has as persuasive a quality as Jim Matheny."
 
The decision at Tuesday night's appointment only served as a recommendation. 
 
The Stamford Board of Representatives is expected to vote on the nomination on Monday.
 

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