(May 13, 2013) – “I have thought long and hard about this decision and today I have asked Mayor Segarra to withdraw my nomination as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Hartford. This was not an easy decision but it is the right one at this time. I want to thank Mayor Segarra for his confidence in me and my leadership. At his request, I will stay on to assist with the transition and selection process of a permanent COO. I owe a lot to this City and it has been an honor for me to serve in this capacity.”
(May 6, 2013) “Over the last few weeks much has been made about a New Year’s Eve dinner that was partially paid for with my City of Hartford purchasing card. Because of the distraction that it has caused, and after speaking with the Mayor, I will be immediately reimbursing the City of Hartford in the amount of $457.21. There are too many other more significant matters that leadership in the Capital City needs to focus its attention on.
(May 6, 2013) “In accordance with the recommendation by the Internal Auditors, I am eliminating the use of any and all P cards for "business entertainment". The Finance Department will remove all applicable merchant category codes for dining and restaurants effective immediately. I supported this Audit report since the beginning and I now look forward to working with Internal Audit, the Finance Department, Ethics Committee and any other applicable body to strengthen the P Card program to make sure that the program has the appropriate protections, restrictions and oversight. Constant review, analysis and sound management of all city operations has been a hallmark of my time as Mayor and these actions are consistent with my philosophy.
(April 29, 2013) –Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today announced the retirement of Fire Chief Edward Casares, Jr. after 33 years of dedicated, loyal and tireless service to the Hartford Fire Department. A Hartford native, Casares has been with the Fire Department since 1980 and was appointed Fire Chief in April of 2010, becoming the first Latino to hold the position. He is a member of Metro Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Latin American Section.