Bridgeport, CT narrows search for police chief to three candidates

The Brass Key | October 21, 2010 | Comments (1)

The city has narrowed its search for a new police chief to three candidates, the mayor’s office announced Thursday.

One candidate is familiar: Acting Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr., a 28-year department veteran who’s served as head since October 2008.

The two other finalists come from farther away. Joel Fitzgerald is the current police chief of Missouri City, Texas, and Rick Gregory is the chief administrative officer and acting public safety director of New Castle County, Del.

The city has been without a permanent police chief since October 2008, when Bryan Norwood resigned from the post and took a similar spot in Richmond, Va.

According to the mayor’s office, Joel Fitzgerald worked for the Philadelphia Police Department from 1992 to 2009,

during which time he served as officer, sergeant, lieutenant and commanding officer.

Rick Gregory spent 22 years with the Florida Highway Patrol. He served there as trooper, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and lieutenant colonel deputy director for the South and East Region of the Florida Highway Patrol. From 2006 to 2009, he served as chief of New Castle County, Del.

Before Guadett was promoted to deputy chief, he served as captain in the patrol division, lieutenant in communications and sergeant in patrol in the clerk’s office. Gaudett’s father served 23 years with the Bridgeport Police before retiring in 1980. Three years later, Gaudett joined the force.

Mayor Bill Finch will select the new chief after interviewing the three finalists in the coming weeks. That will culminate a nationwide search for the post that began in April, when the city hired two consulting firms. The consultants received 39 applications, which they narrowed down to six semifinalists.

Then, a 10-member panel of city officials, local business owners and community group members selected the three finalists.

The city charter demands that would-be chiefs have at least 10 years of experience in urban law-enforcement and five years in a command position. The candidates must come from communities with at least 80,000 people and a minority population of at least 25 percent.

Source: Tim Loh – Connecticut Post

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