Hartford Moves Closer To Hiring David Rosado As Next Police Chief

At its meeting Monday night, the city council took the next step in approving the nomination of the man likely to soon lead the police department.

Mayor Luke Bronin, as expected, submitted a resolution asking the council to approve state police Lt. Col. David Rosado as chief of police in Hartford.

The resolution appointing Rosado was referred to the council’s Committee of the Whole. Council President Thomas “TJ” Clarke II said the committee will formally interview Rosado at its January meeting, the agenda of which will also include an interview with Leigh Ann Ralls, Bronin’s choice to fill the open director of finance position.

Rosado, a Hartford native, spent time last month touring the city and meeting with residents and community organizers in a series of town hall-style meet-and-greets. In October, after months of speculation, Bronin nominated Rosado as his preferred choice to lead the department — and since no other candidate had been selected, he was a shoo-in.

If approved by the council, Rosado will step into the vacancy created by the departure of current Chief James Rovella in February, the earliest Rovella can retire per the terms of his contract.

In another resolution concerning nominations, Bronin sought to fill two vacancies on the city’s Civilian Police Review Board, as reported by The Courant last week.

The mayor selected Alexander Aponte, a Hartford-based attorney and former city councilman, to replace Lisa M. Bennet, who city officials say was removed from the board after failing to attend mandatory training.

Bronin also nominated the Rev. Trevor Beauford to fill the vacancy made after the Rev. Dion Watkins resigned from the board.

Beauford, the recently elected pastor of Union Baptist Church, and Aponte will help round out the Civilian Police Review Board, a watchdog group that helps residents file complaints against police officers.

In recent months, the board has struggled to meet, even after Bronin’s previous attempts to overhaul its membership.

A vote on this latest attempt to boost the ranks of the board was postponed until the council’s next meeting in January.

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