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MAYOR BRONIN APPOINTS HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR AND INTERIM CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

MAYOR BRONIN APPOINTS HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR AND INTERIM CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 31, 2018)– Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced he is appointing Ron Van Winkle to serve as Interim Chief Operating Officer and Cherese Chery to serve as the Director of Human Resources.  Van Winkle will start today, on January 31st, 2018 and Chery will start on March 1st, 2018.

 

“These are two outstanding leaders with extensive experience, and I’m proud to announce their appointments today,” said Mayor Bronin.

 

“These are two critical positions that enable the City’s ability to govern effectively.  I am excited that we have been able to recruit two accomplished public servants that will be able to hit the ground running on day one,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.

 

Van Winkle most recently served as West Hartford’s Town Manager from 2008 through 2017 and before that he was the town’s Director of Community Services, beginning in 1987.  He also spent three years as an econometrician for Pratt & Whitney.  He served in the United States Army and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in economic development from Northeastern University.

 

“Ron has more than three decades of experience in municipal government, and he is respected throughout the State of Connecticut as a strong leader and manager,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I have enjoyed getting to know and work with Ron in his prior role as Town Manager for West Hartford, and we are fortunate to have someone of his experience and caliber joining our senior team.”

 

Chery came to Hartford from Trinidad and Tobago with her family and attended Hartford Public Schools, graduating from Weaver High School.  She has been Chief Human Resources Officer at Norwalk Public Schools since 2016, and served in the same role at New London Public Schools between 2012 – 2016.  She also served as the Human Resources Director for the State Education Resource Center in Middletown, and between 2004 – 2008 she worked in human resources at Hartford Hospital.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University and a master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from the New York Institute of Technology.

 

“Cherese has nearly two decades of experience working in human resources, and over the last six years she’s been the Chief Human Resources Officer for the public school systems in Norwalk and New London,” said Mayor Bronin.  “She brings a wealth of experience in labor relations, recruitment, and performance management to the job, and on top of all of that, she’s a graduate of Weaver High School.  I am excited to welcome her back to Hartford to lead this important Department.”

 

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MAYOR BRONIN, CITY LEADERS RESPOND TO CONFIRMATIONS OF HARTFORD-NATIVE LT. COL. DAVID ROSADO AS NEXT POLICE CHIEF AND LEIGH ANN RALLS AS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

MAYOR BRONIN, CITY LEADERS RESPOND TO CONFIRMATIONS OF HARTFORD-NATIVE LT. COL. DAVID ROSADO AS NEXT POLICE CHIEF AND LEIGH ANN RALLS AS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 23, 2018) – Yesterday evening the Hartford City Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Bronin’s nominations of Hartford-native Lt. Colonel David Rosado to be the City of Hartford’s next Police Chief and longtime City finance professional Leigh Ann Ralls to be Director of Finance.  Current Police Chief James Rovella is expected to retire in early February and Leigh Ann Ralls currently serves as Acting Director of Finance.
 
“I’m pleased that the City Council unanimously confirmed Lt. Colonel David Rosado to be our next Police Chief,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Lt. Colonel Rosado has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and he has deep roots in the City of Hartford.  I am confident that Lt. Colonel Rosado will continue Chief Rovella’s tremendous legacy as a leader dedicated to transparency, accountability, and partnership with the Hartford community.  I look forward to working with Lt. Colonel Rosado when he begins his service as Chief next month.” 

Lt. Colonel Rosado grew up in Charter Oak Terrace, attended Bulkeley High School and UConn’s School of Law, and currently oversees field operations for approximately seven hundred State Troopers as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Field Operations, an arm of the State Police in the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. 

“Leigh Ann has been a key member of the Finance team for over a decade, and we are fortunate to have her as part of our senior leadership team,” said Mayor Bronin.  “With twenty years of experience in municipal accounting, she has a deep understanding of Hartford's finances and she has brought discipline and rigor to the Department as we’ve confronted our fiscal challenges directly and honestly.

“State Police Lt. Colonel David Rosado has a record of leadership and results in law enforcement,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L. H. Thames.  “Beyond his impressive background, I am encouraged by his shared commitment to community policing, ensuring we have a police department that reflects the community, and promoting positive interactions between the community and HPD. I look forward to working with him as Police Chief.”

“Lt. Colonel Rosado is a well-credentialed and respected individual and I am pleased he has been confirmed as our City’s first Latino Chief of Police,” said City Councilman Thomas “TJ” Clarke II, Co-Chair of the Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “I look forward to working with the incoming Chief of Police on various public safety and quality of life issues, which includes more Hartford resident officers and mental and community health matters.”

“I'm excited about the appointment of Lt. Colonel David Rosado as the next Chief of the Hartford Police Department,” said City Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “Lt. Colonel Rosado brings a wealth of knowledge as an administrator of the CT State Police, as well as know-how in implementing Community Policing objectives department wide, and improving community-police relations.  His experiences make him a prime successor to Chief Rovella.  I believe his combined experiences and Hartford roots will prove successful on these objectives for the Department.”

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CITY OF HARTFORD AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ACTION TO LAUNCH REENTRY WELCOME CENTER WITH $450,000 FROM HARTFORD FOUNDATION

CITY OF HARTFORD AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ACTION TO LAUNCH REENTRY WELCOME CENTER WITH $450,000 FROM HARTFORD FOUNDATION

HARTFORD, CONN (January 22, 2018) – Today the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announced a three-year, $450,000 grant to Community Partners in Action (CPA), working with the City of Hartford and other partners, to establish a one-stop Reentry Welcome Center for returning citizens in the City of Hartford.  In March of last year, the Foundation awarded a $50,000 planning grant to CPA to develop a roadmap for establishing a reentry center. 

The majority of people released from prison or jail in Connecticut return to the state’s five urban areas, including Hartford.  In 2016, more than 2,000 individuals were released from a correctional facility, halfway house or parole supervision, with over half returning to Hartford, according to State Department of Correction data.  The absence of adequate stabilizing resources in Hartford for these returning citizens immediately upon release jeopardizes their successful reintegration.

“We’ve been working in close partnership with Community Partners in Action, and establishing a one-stop Reentry Welcome Center has been our goal from day one,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The Reentry Welcome Center will facilitate access to basic necessities like clothing and housing, as well as substance abuse treatment, educational programming, and job training.  That’s not just about offering individuals a second chance – it’s about making our community safer and stronger.  I am deeply grateful to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their generous support, and I am excited to continue working with Community Partners in Action to make this Reentry Welcome Center a reality.”

Before his inauguration, Mayor Bronin formed a reentry working group made up of faith, community, and non-profit leaders, academics, and corrections professionals.  They came up with a set of recommendations to integrate returning citizens into their neighborhoods related to data collection, resource identification, job training and other support, as well as partnership opportunities.  The Reentry Welcome Center will be able to carry out many of those recommendations.

“We are pleased to support the creation of this much-needed resource for returning citizens to Greater Hartford communities,” said Hartford Foundation director of Grants and Partnership Investments Judy McBride. “CPA's coordination with stakeholders – including State and Hartford agencies – makes the launch of the Center viable, allowing for a more coordinated, systemic approach to how recently released returning citizens are reintegrated, and providing direct access to support and additional programs. Commitments of the City of Hartford and partners to provide essential services make such a change possible despite limited City and State financial resources.”

The Reentry Welcome Center will serve approximately 150 returning citizens each year for three years.  Returning citizens will be able to access support and services offered by a variety of community organizations from basic needs like food and clothing to services like substance abuse treatment and job training as well as educational opportunities.  The Center will also serve as a data collection hub and track referral outcomes across partners.  Other partners contributing to this effort include the Connecticut Department of Correction, the Court Support Services Division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University and Capitol Workforce Partners.

“CPA’s Board of Directors and staff are pleased that our agency was able to play such an important role in having the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center realized,” said Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director of Community Partners in Action.  “It is a testament to CPA’s philosophy on fostering strong partnerships to meet our mission that includes effective service for returning citizens.  We look forward to helping to spearhead, develop and implement the site.  We are grateful to all those who served on planning committees, focus groups, provided data, shared their expertise and overall support for this effort.”

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