The police chief of Connecticut’s largest city is stepping down and taking a pay cut of almost $20,000 a year. Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett resigned on Tuesday. Gaudett’s new job will be as an independent contractor in a newly created consultant position.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim was open about wanting to replace Gaudett. Former Mayor Bill Finch promoted Gaudett to chief in 2009, then renewed his contract in December as one of his last acts in office. That contract had kept Gaudett in place while Ganim looked for ways to replace him.