Month: February 2016

Bridgeport News: Chief Gaudette Steps Down As Chief

Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett has agreed to take a new position as a consultant for emergency communications in the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center. Gaudett has served as Bridgeport Chief of Police since 2009 and is a 33 year veteran of the department. Under the agreement reached between Chief Gaudett and the city of Bridgeport, Gaudett will resign as chief of police and will start his new position in the near future.

“I want to thank Chief Gaudett for his dedicated service to the public safety of Bridgeport for more than three decades,” said Mayor Ganim. “This agreement allows our city to continue benefiting from the Chief’s considerable knowledge and expertise in emergency communications. At the same time, the city will be able to move the reorganization of the police department forward under new leadership which is also needed. I look forward to working with Chief Gaudett in his new role and transitioning the Bridgeport Police Department to a new chief and needed restructuring. This is a very positive development for the citizens of Bridgeport that will no doubt improve our public safety.”

In his new role, Gaudett will have authority over the Office of Emergency Management and the Communications Division, ultimately being responsible for the consolidation of the two entities. Gaudett’s new role will also focus on improving response time to public safety emergencies, pursuing federal and state grants related to emergency communications, and providing training to raise the quality of the assistance given by emergency call takers. As a consultant, Gaudett will report directly to the Office of Mayor Ganim. He will earn a salary of $125,000 annually for three years, with the additional option to renew his contract twice in one-year increments for a total of five years. The new employment arrangement for Chief Gaudett was approved by a vote of 13-6 by the Bridgeport City Council.

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Bridgeport News: Mayor Submits A five-Year, $178 Million Dollar Capital Plan

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Mayor Joe Ganim announced that he has submitted a five-year, $178 Million dollar capital plan to the Bridgeport city council outlining many infrastructure improvements for which the city will seek to bond between now and fiscal year 2021. The capital plan includes more than $50 million in school construction and improvements including more than $26 Million for the construction of the new Bassick High School in fiscal year 2018.

Also among Mayor Ganim’s priorities are more than $15 million in economic development initiatives such as the Gateway to the South End development involving the University of Bridgeport. There is also $1,000,000 to help repair the P.T. Barnum Museum, still severely damaged from a 2010 tornado.

“This five-year capital plan represents the priorities my administration sees for infrastructure improvements for Bridgeport in the near future,” said Mayor Ganim. “We have many roads, bridges and sidewalks in need of repair as well as schools that need renovation and rebuilding.

But we also are using this opportunity to be visionary about what we want Bridgeport to look like in the next 10-20 years, including how we want to develop our waterfront and South End in partnership with the University of Bridgeport. I look forward to working with the city council on making these dreams a reality for our citizens.”

Among the infrastructure improvement projects for the city are more than $8,000,000 in funds to rebuild and repair city sidewalks and streetscapes. One of the smaller items on the list of Mayor Ganim’s priorities is $25,000 in funding for a study looking into the consolidation and building of a new, unified public safety complex which would include the headquarters for police, fire and emergency communications. This building would replace the current, aging public safety facilities.

(City Of Bridgeport Press Release)

 

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