The Hartford Internal Audit Commission has sent a letter to the city’s ethics commission asking the panel to investigate a possible ethical violation by Mayor Pedro Segarra.
The audit commission said Segarra has kept an interim department head on the payroll in that position for longer than six months — a violation of Hartford’s municipal code. The six-month term for employee Keith Chapman, who is serving as the interim public works director, was to expire in March.
“Six months have passed since this temporary appointment started and the mayor has not submitted the appointment to the council for confirmation as required by the charter,” commissioners wrote in a letter dated May 21. “Because this matter has not been addressed as required, the mayor has not effectively executed the laws in accordance with the previously noted terms and conditions of the city charter. We are further concerned that this will not be adequately addressed by June 30, 2014 as promised by the [chief operating officer].”
You can read the letter here: Ethics Commission Referral Letter RE Acting DPW Director Final.Signed