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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Hamden Announces Police Chief Search Committee

Hamden Announces Police Chief Search Committee

Hamden – Mayor Lauren Garrett has put together a police chief search committee.

This search committee will receive public input, establish search criteria, conduct interviews, and provide recommendations to Mayor Lauren Garrett for leadership in the Hamden Police Department.

The members of this search committee are Bishop Daniel Bland, Senator Jorge Cabrera, Dawn Kountz, Attorney Susan Nugent, and Tai Richardson.

Bishop Daniel Bland is the Senior Pastor of the Mt. Calvary Revival Center as well as a community leader and Hamden resident. He has experience working as a compliance consultant as well as with nonprofit grants management. Bishop Bland is also a former Community Social Worker for the Court Support Services Division (CSSD).

Senator Jorge Cabrera represents the 17th State Senate District in the State Legislature and is a Hamden resident. He is a workers’ rights advocate with experience fighting for working families for over 25 years and currently serves as a business representative. Senator Cabrera graduated from Quinnipiac University, is married to a public school principal, and is the father of twin boys in public schools.

Dawn Kountz is a Hamden resident and dedicated volunteer in our community who brings a wealth of experience and seasoned perspective to this search committee. She is a long time educator with an extensive background working with children and understanding the needs of our young people.  Ms. Kountz previously worked for many years as a human resource manager and has a deep knowledge of navigating the hiring process.

Attorney Susan Nugent is a family lawyer and 25-year resident of Hamden who loves Hamden and the diversity it offers. Her family has deep roots here, with her grandparents operating two businesses in Hamden for decades, and her parents meeting at Hamden High School in 1958.

Tai Richardson is a member of the Hamden Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships Council. Professionally, he brings 20 years of experience in juvenile justice, youth development and nonprofit management.

We will be announcing community input sessions soon. If you would like to provide input, please do so via email to chiefsearch@hamden.com or at public input sessions. Members have been asked to refrain from receiving private input and to refer people to public sessions or email. All emails will be posted to the webpage for the Police Chief Search Committee.

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Alexa M. Panayotakis, at (203) 287-7100 or by email at apanayotakis@hamden.com.

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