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(February 1, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin endorsed the draft recommendations released by the Commission on Youth and Urban Violence, and urged state leaders to implement the recommendations, which include declaring violence a public health issue, improving interventions focused on reducing the effects of exposure to trauma, and working to divert young people away from the criminal justice system.  Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the Commission established as part of Governor Malloy’s Second Chance Society initiatives, is holding a public hearing today at Hartford Public High School from 2:30 to 4:30 to solicit input from residents before moving forward with final recommendations. The Commission is made up of community leaders, public safety officials, experts, and victims.

“I commend Lieutenant Governor Wyman and the Commission for putting forward serious, smart recommendations to combat violence in our cities,” Mayor Bronin said. “We need to recognize that violence is a public health problem, and the recommendations put forward by this Commission puts the emphasis where it belongs – on behavioral health, early intervention, and alternatives to the criminal justice system for our young people.”

The Commission report includes the following recommendations: 

  • Declare violence a public health issue and adopt a broader definition of violence to include chronic stress, hunger, and other trauma. This will raise awareness of the impacts to young people and help establish appropriate prevention and support systems.  
  • Increase early detection of violence by incorporating it into the statewide behavioral health plan. Strengthen school, advocate, and agency partnerships to implement a screening process for violence and trauma. 
  • Prioritize family system wellness by improving the coordination of consistent, trauma-focused interventions from birth through age 26. These should include meeting basic needs as well as addressing chronic stress and other risk factors. Strengthen workforce development and opportunity for young people to improve success and independence.
  • Compile a comprehensive list of criminal justice and diversionary programs for law enforcement and community organizations working with at-risk youth. Encourage partnerships between schools and law enforcement School Resource Officers. Study the impact of raising the age of criminal responsibility to 13 years of age.
  • Support the expansion of non-criminal discipline in school settings, improve school response and engagement. Encourage school districts to invest in intervention specialists in high-need schools. 
  • Improve contact with youths age 19-26 outside the criminal justice system. Encourage advisory boards to include in their deliberations youth who have experienced trauma or violence. 



(Jan 30, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Treasurer Adam Cloud issued the following statements regarding the passing of former City Treasurer Kathleen Palm Devine.
“Kathleen Palm Devine served Hartford with tremendous dedication for over a decade, carefully and skillfully managing our City’s financial assets,” Mayor Bronin said. “Kathleen was respected by colleagues and residents alike, and her passing is a loss for our City. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones."
“Kathleen Palm Devine was and will always be one of the City’s greatest public servants,” Treasurer Cloud said. “She was a champion for Hartford and all of its residents. Her passing is particularly difficult for me as she was both my friend and my mentor. On behalf of my staff and the Pension Commission, I wish to express our deepest condolences to her family. She will truly be missed.”

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR (Deputy Director Debra Carabillo to Serve as Interim Director)

(Jan 27, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that he has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Henry Burgos, Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the City of Hartford. Mr. Burgos, who began working for the city in 2013, will depart from his position effective January 27.

“I have been impressed with Henry’s dedication to the people of Hartford through his management his management of all aspects of the City’s Human Resources Department, and I’m sorry to see him leave City Hall,” Mayor Bronin said. “Under Henry’s tenure, the City saw drastic modernization of our onboarding, applicant tracking, and testing services. He has been an advisor and an invaluable resource during this transition period, and his departure is a loss for City Hall.” 

Mr. Burgos stated, “It was a pleasure to serve Connecticut’s Capital City. My tenure as director was the most rewarding experience of my career. I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve the citizens of Hartford and I look forward to pursuing personal and professional goals in the near future.”

As Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Mr. Burgos has been responsible for directing every aspect of the City’s Human Resources Department, including, but not limited to, labor relations, recruitment, employee relations, employee benefits and contract negations. As a member of the senior management team, Henry played a key role in the City’s budget development process and was a member of the Personnel and Finance Committee, where among other things, he engaged in the monitoring of the City’s budget.  

Mayor Bronin has appointed Debra Carabillo, Assistant Director of Human Resources, to serve as Acting Director of Human Resources while a search for a permanent replacement is underway.






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