Segarra On Hiring Practices Audit: ‘I Will Make Those Changes’

by Categorized: Internal Audit Commission, Pedro Segarra Date:

Mayor Pedro Segarra indicated Tuesday that he would make the “appropriate” changes to his hiring practices, following an audit that found background checks and drug tests weren’t performed on several mayoral appointees.

Deputy Chief Auditor Craig Trujillo reviewed files for five employees — Pedro Segarra’s chief of staff, Juan Figueroa; interim Chief Operating Officer Albert Ilg, who is serving in the role temporarily; interim Public Works Director Keith Chapman; Human Resources Director Henry Burgos; and former interim finance director Joseph Ruffo. Trujillo found that the employees had not undergone a background check or a drug test, and, with the exception of Burgos, had not submitted job applications.

“We were informed by HR management that their office is not involved in the recruitment, application process, screening and ultimate offer of employment by the mayor’s office,” Trujillo wrote in a memo to Ilg. “Our review of the process and the related personal files of the … employees disclosed that, except for the HR Director, there were no job applications (resumes are not a substitute to an application per HR policy), criminal background checks (in accordance with the city adoption of “Ban The Box”) or drug tests performed or on file and there was no documentation of any references being named or checked with.”

You can read more on that here.

Segarra on Tuesday declined an invitation from the audit commission to attend its meeting. But he said in a memo to the chief auditor: “I have reviewed your audit recommendation with the acting chief operating officer, the corporation counsel, the director of human resources and the acting chief of staff who have met with the [Internal Audit Commission's] staff to go over hiring practices in this office. … I will make those changes and improvements that are appropriate.”

You can read the memo here: Memo

Audit Commission To Review 311 Call Center

by Categorized: City Council, Internal Audit Commission, Shawn Wooden Date:

The city’s internal audit commission is launching a review of Hartford’s 311 Call Center.

Deputy Chief Auditor Craig Trujillo wrote in a memo to Council President Shawn Wooden Friday that the commission intends to “evaluate and test … the degree of compliance with established operating policy and procedures.”

From the memo:

“At your request and as a follow up to a recent meeting, I would like to confirm that we will be starting an audit of the 311 Call Center Operations.  The purpose of our examination will be to evaluate and test operating controls,  311 call workflows and the related resolution process, the degree of compliance with established operating policy and procedures, and to recommend improvements where required.”

 You can read the memo here: AnnoucementMemo

Judge Denies Motion For Contempt Against O’Garro

by Categorized: Earl O'Garro Jr., Hybrid Insurance Group Date:

A Superior Court judge has denied a motion for contempt filed against embattled insurance executive Earl O’Garro Jr.

Andrew O’Toole, an attorney for an insurance corporation suing O’Garro, has said that O’Garro did not fully and accurately disclose his assets as required by the court. For background on the issue, click here, here, here and here.

You can view the judge’s decision here.

Free Tax Preparation Offered Saturday

by Categorized: City Activities, Events, Finance, Hartford Public Library Date:

Haven’t filed your taxes yet? IRS-certified volunteers will provide free assistance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during Dollars and Sense Day at the downtown Hartford Public Library.

The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the city of Hartford, the Village for Families and Children, and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

Dollars and Sense Day

State Of The City Speech Is Monday

by Categorized: City Activities, City Hall, Pedro Segarra Date:

Mark your calendars: Mayor Pedro Segarra will deliver his fourth State of the City speech Monday.

The talk will begin at 5 p.m. in council chambers, on the second floor of city hall (550 Main St.). Seats will be available in the chambers and in the city hall atrium, where the speech will be shown via video projection. On-site translations will be offered in Spanish.


Mayor Pedro Segarra gives his third State of the City address in council chambers at Hartford City Hall on March 11, 2013. Photo by Rick Hartford.


UPDATE: Weaver Plays For CCC Title

by Categorized: City Activities, Schools, Sports Date:

Need something to do tonight? The Weaver boys’ basketball team will play Maloney-Meriden for the CCC championship after defeating Hartford Public High School in the semifinal Tuesday.

The title game starts at 7 p.m. in Central Connecticut State University’s Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain.

UPDATE: Congrats to Weaver, the CCC tournament champions. Read Tom Yantz’s story here.

Weaver High School guard KeAndre Fair, 3, draws a foul during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's CCC semifinal against Hartford Public High School. Weaver won 72-52. RICHARD MESSINA photo.

Weaver High School guard KeAndre Fair, 3, draws a foul from Richard Jernigan, 24, during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s CCC semifinal against Hartford Public High School. Weaver won 72-52. RICHARD MESSINA photo.

Hartford Bond Rating Upgraded

by Categorized: Adam Cloud, City Hall, Pedro Segarra Date:

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has upgraded the city’s bond rating to AA-, signaling that Hartford has a more stable outlook and strong capacity to meet financial commitments.

The city previously had an A rating. Officials said this year’s upgrade was the largest since 2003.

“We consider Hartford’s economy to be adequate with participation in the broad and diverse Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford [metropolitan area]. We also believe the city benefits from a stabilizing institution given its role as the state capital,” S&P’s report says.

“We view the city’s management conditions as very strong, with strong financial practices.”

The upgrade will allow the city to borrow money at lower interest rates, officials said.

You can read S&P’s report here: S&P Report

More here.

Democratic Town Committee Election: Unofficial Vote Totals

by Categorized: City Hall, Democratic Town Committee, Election Date:

Official numbers aren’t yet available, but the registrars of voters’ office has the following unofficial vote totals for candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic Town Committee 7th District election (totals include in-person and absentee votes):

1. Noel F. McGregor Jr.: 311 (won)

2. Louis Watkins Jr.: 307 (won)

3. Georgiana E. Holloway: 298 (won)

4. Donna Y. Daniel: 284 (won)

5. Phyllis E. Airey: 284 (won)

6. John B. Davis: 283 (won)

7. Evelyn R. Richardson: 277 (won)

8. Alisha Shante-Helen Stevens: 274 (won)

9. Cleo Duke-Wright: 274 (won)

10. Douglas McCrory: 272 (won)

11. Rickey Lorenzo Pinckney Sr.: 270 (won)

12. Raymond E. Vail Jr.: 269 (won)

13. Alicia M. Hollingsworth: 266 (won)

14. Belinda Thompson: 262 (won)

15. Ewan A. Sheriff: 261 (won)

16. Kenneth P. Green: 255 (won) *

17. Judith A. Pegram: 245 (did not win) *

18. Terry S. Starks: 240 (did not win)

19. Gwendolyn V. Bailey: 213 (did not win)

20. Estella V. Knight: 206 (did not win)

21. Thomas J. Clarke II: 202 (did not win)

22. Gregory Covington: 198 (did not win)

23. Patricia Ann Nelson: 196 (did not win)

24. Joshua Malik Hall: 196 (did not win)

25. Victoria L. Fennell: 194 (did not win)

26. Barbara Diggs: 193 (did not win)

27. Dyshawn E. Thames: 186 (did not win)

28. Michael James Harris: 185 (did not win)

29. Mark A. Bibbins: 184 (did not win)

30. Kevin R. Brookman: 181 (did not win)

31. Marc H. Lucier: 174 (did not win)

32. Hestervina Soto: 168 (did not win)

* Registrars said Tuesday that there will be an automatic recount between Green and Pegram because there was only a 10-vote difference. The recount is expected to take place on Tuesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. at city hall. For more information on the election, click here.