HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Bridgeport’s mayor said Saturday he had nothing to do with what federal prosecutors describe as a corrupt process that led to the appointment of Armando Perez as the police chief of Connecticut’s largest city.
Perez, who served on the force for nearly four decades, and David Dunn, the city’s acting personnel director, both resigned after being charged Thursday with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and with making false statements to investigators.
They are accused of rigging the chief’s exam in 2018 that led to Perez getting the job.
The 25-page federal complaint includes an allegation that Dunn told a member of the panel interviewing candidates that Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim wanted Perez “in the top three” – the list of finalists from which the mayor chose the chief.
Ganim, speaking by phone to The Associated Press on Saturday, denied he influenced the selection of the candidates for chief in any way.