Still No Word On Hartford's Search For Chief Operating Officer

City Council wants some information

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It's been six months since the City of Hartford's chief operating officer resigned and Mayor Pedro Segarra said he'd do a national search for a successor.  But little has happened on that front.  And as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, some on the city council don't like it.
 
Councilman Ken Kennedy is a Segarra supporter.  But says he's not gotten any information from the mayor about his search for a new chief operating officer for the city.
 
"Just in terms of process, if the administration said it was going to do a national search, then it in fact it should either do a national search.  Or, if they're not going to, advise the public that it's not going to and why."
 
Former COO David Panagore left the job in September.  Segarra named his chief lawyer, Saundra Kee Borges, his interim COO.  By charter, the mayor now has less than a month to send a nomination for a permanent replacement to the city council.  His office declined to comment. 
 
Council President Shawn Wooden also says he's gotten no information from the mayor on his plans. And the clock is ticking. 
 
"Clearly, we're at the point where, certainly as council president, I would like to know what the plan is for a permanent chief operating officer for the city."
 
All of this comes on the heels of a search for a police chief that also got mixed reviews.
 
For WNPR, I'm Jeff Cohen.