Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) - Pedro Segarra, who replaced Eddie Perez, spent his first fullbusiness day as Hartford's new mayor.
Mayor Perez's name had been scrapped off the front door of theMayor's office over the weekend and a city employee applied the newmayor's name late this morning. Officially in the recently cleanedout office for the first business day as Mayor, Segarra awaitedresignations from all the mayor's staff and city departmentheads.
"I think by Wednesday, we should start hearing someannouncements," Segarra said.
The mayoral staff's resignation letters are going to chief ofstaff Susan McMullen. All department heads turn theirs in to ChiefOperating Officer David Panagore; Panagore and McMullen submittheirs directly to Segarra.
"I wouldn't classify it as 'heads are rolling,' I think that'san insensitive term," Segarra said.
His first official visitor was City Treasurer Kathleen Palm.She, along with the police and fire chiefs and the city chieffinancial officer, are the only city employees he does not haveauthority over. He said he plans to meet as soon as possible withall community leaders.
"Our citizens, our community groups, our legislative delegation,there's a lot of people I need to be meeting with to get some senseof where we need to go," he said.
Some in the city have described Perez's style as 'his way or thehighway.' Segarra is not one of those people but said he plans adifferent style of leadership.
"I am a consensus builder, more a collaborator as well. I see totry to collaborate with folks in terms of developing the bestpolicies and best practices and moving the city forward," hesaid.
Meanwhile, the hearing on motions in the Perez case waspostponed. His lawyer has until next Tuesday to file motions thatwill include a request for a new trial on the argument thatmistakes were made during the trial that resulted in hisconviction. This is routine procedure on the way to filing for anappeal.
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