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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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