Hartford, Connecticut (WTNH) - The date and time for Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez’sresignation have been agreed upon, but it won't be announced for afew days.
Mayor Perez's Chief of Staff and the city's Chief OperatingOfficer told News 8’s Mark Davis Wednesday things are runningas normally as can be expected following the Perez conviction.
Perez has decided on a mutually agreeable date and time for hisresignation to become effective. City council members will allowPerez to make that announcement when he formally tenders hisresignation on Friday.
In his first formal news conference, City Council PresidentPedro Segarra attempted to comfort residents saying the removalprocess could take months and that this is the best way.
"I can assure you from my conversations with the Mayor that heis not in anyway holding out for any longer period of time than weon the council side, the leadership side, feel that is anappropriate time,” Segarra stated.
The city's Chief Operating Officer also is assuring residentsthat the trains are running on time. Dave Panagore helped to handlesimilar crisis in Chelsea and Springfield, Massachusetts when thosecities declared bankruptcy.
Panagore said, "Meeting on a daily basis with the Mayor, meetingalso with the Council President on a daily basis, meeting with thecouncilors, meeting with department heads, and, yes, trash is stillbeing picked up, the police are still patrolling the streets."
The Mayor of Hartford is actually the C-E-O of a$500-Million-a-year corporation with over 1,000 employees, and withthe Perez conviction and soon transition to Pedro Segarra there isadmitted uneasiness throughout city government.
"There's always, in a transition, there's always a sense ofwonderment,” Panagore added. “… always a questionabout what's going to happen. But we have a very dedicated andprofessional staff here."
Perez was found guilty Friday, June 18th on five of the sixcorruption charges he faced, including taking a bribe and attemptedextortion. He was found not guilty on the count of fabricatingevidence.
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