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MAYOR BRONIN TO NOMINATE THEA MONTAÑEZ TO BE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

MAYOR BRONIN TO NOMINATE THEA MONTAÑEZ TO BE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 21, 2020) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that this week he will nominate Chief of Staff and Interim Chief Operating Officer Thea Montañez to serve as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Hartford.  Montañez began serving as Chief of Staff in January 2016 and has been serving as Interim Chief Operating Officer since September 2018.  Her nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

“Over the last four years, Thea Montañez has been my right hand in every aspect of city government, and she has earned the trust and confidence of our employees, community members, and elected officials,” said Mayor Bronin.  “In addition to helping manage the day to day business of city government, she has led some of our most important initiatives aimed at supporting justice-involved youth and adults, including the Reentry Welcome Center and the Hartford Youth Service Corps, and has helped lead efforts to rebuild staffing levels at our police and fire departments and create more effective partnerships with our school system, state agencies, non-profits, and business community.  I am very grateful to Thea for her continued service to Hartford.  She is a remarkable public servant and our community is fortunate to have someone with her heart, intelligence, and skill in such an important position.”

“It has been an honor to serve the City over the past four years and I’m looking forward to continuing to work alongside our dedicated employees, residents, non-profit partners, and local business community to build a city of opportunity for everyone,” said Montañez.  “As the granddaughter of a former custodian for Hartford Public Schools and the daughter of a retired foreman at the Hartford Housing Authority, I am humbled by the chance to continue helping lead this city that I love and that has meant so much to my family for generations.”

Before joining the City of Hartford in 2016, Montañez was Director of the North Hartford Promise Zone at the United Way, helping secure $17 million in federal grant funding to support goals related to economic development, educational opportunity, health and wellness, and more.  Before that, she led the planning team that earned Hartford its Promise Zone designation as a private consultant.  Earlier in her career, she worked at The Hartford Financial Services Group and for The Waterford Group.  Montañez served as President of the Board of Directors of the Hartford Public Library from 2012 to 2014 and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Public and the University of St. Joseph.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.

 

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