Hartford's Chief Operating Officer Resigns To Join Nonprofit

Hartford’s chief operating officer has announced that she is leaving city employment.

Bonnie Malley, 56, has been named vice president of finance and administration at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, according to a statement sent by the local nonprofit.

In that role, Malley “will play a critical role in advancing the organization’s mission by marshaling the financial, technological, and human resources needed to sustain current and emerging work,” according to that statement.

“The Hartford Foundation is a landmark institution in our region and I’m excited about joining the team,” Malley said. “My passion is to serve this community, and I’m honored to be able to continue to do that in my role at the foundation.”

Her position in Hartford will be filled on an interim basis by Thea Montanez, Mayor Luke Bronin’s chief of staff. However, Malley also had been serving an additional role, the interim head of the city’s human resources department, left vacant after Debra Carabillo retired in September.

It was not immediately clear who would take over for Malley in that department.

Bronin brought Malley to Hartford about six months after winning the top seat in city hall. Before her role in municipal government, Malley served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at The Phoenix.

“Two years ago, we were fortunate to recruit someone of Bonnie’s skill and extensive private-sector experience to the City of Hartford,” Bronin said in a statement. “She has been an invaluable member of my leadership team, and her work will benefit the City for years to come. These are difficult jobs even in normal times, and all-consuming in times of extraordinary challenge, and I am grateful to Bonnie for her outstanding leadership and for two years of incredibly hard work. ”

Hers is the latest in a series of high-profile departures in city hall in the last year.

The Department of Public Works is currently being led on an interim basis by Hartford Fire Department Chief Reginald Freeman. More recently, former city chief financial officer Darrell Hill resigned, and was replaced in November by Leigh Ann Ralls. H. Patrick Campbell, the former head of the city’s audit commission, also resigned in November.

And Bronin is making preparations to replace current Police Chief James Rovella when he retires in February. His role will likely be filled by Connecticut State Police Lt. Col. David Rosado, currently the only candidate for the job identified by Bronin.

Even Bronin himself has seen turnover in his office since his election — his current spokesman, Vasishth Srivastava, is the third person to hold that position since January 2016.

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