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HARTFORD, CONN (March 21, 2019) – Today the City of Hartford announced that Police Chief David Rosado will be moving to the private sector in a leadership role at Pratt & Whitney, after more than two decades in public service.  Chief Rosado’s last day will be Friday, April 12th.  The City expects to conduct a national search for a new police chief.  Upon Chief Rosado’s departure, Assistant Chief Jason Thody will serve as Acting Chief of the Hartford Police Department. 

“We were fortunate to recruit someone with Chief Rosado’s combination of experience and deep roots in our community, and I’m grateful to Chief Rosado for his service to Hartford,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Chief Rosado has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, and over the last year he and his team have done important work to strengthen the department.  I respect his decision based on what’s best for him and his family, and I wish him and his family the very best as he begins the next chapter.  In the year ahead, we will conduct a national search for a permanent replacement, and we will make sure that there is significant community involvement in that process.  In the meantime, I am confident that Assistant Chief Thody will be a strong interim leader for the Hartford Police Department.”

“As someone who was born and raised in Hartford, it has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as our Police Chief,” said Chief Rosado.  “I have always been committed to public service, but after twenty-two years, this opportunity to take a leadership role at Pratt & Whitney is one that I could not turn down for my family.  I made this decision with mixed emotions, but as anyone who knows me understands, my family is central to everything I do, and they have supported my career in public service for more than two decades.  It’s difficult to leave the men and women of the Hartford Police Department, who do incredible work each and every day.  I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the past year, from increasing accountability and rolling out body cameras to recruiting diverse classes of new officers.  I want to thank Mayor Bronin and the City Council for their faith in me, and I know they will continue to give the police department every tool to be successful.”

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve as Acting Chief of the Hartford Police Department,” said Assistant Chief Jason Thody.  “I have proudly served the City of Hartford for twenty-three years, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Mayor Bronin, the City Council, the men and women of the department, and the community in this new role.  It has been a privilege to work with Chief Rosado, and on behalf of our department, we wish him every success as he transitions to the private sector after such a long career in public service.” 




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