Community Bulletin Board
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- Call for Hall of Fame Nominations
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Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti
Neil O’Leary, right, and Michael Gugliotti embraced on Election Day 2011 moments after O’Leary knew he’d ended Michael Jarjura’s 10-year reign as mayor of Waterbury. Gugliotti was the police chief at the time, and a close personal friend of O’Leary’s. The FBI is investigating whether the 200 Waterbury police officers that volunteered on Election Day for the O'Leary campaign were compensated, or used city assets. Both O'Leary and Gugliotti clearly state no city assets were used and the police and firemen who volunteered all took vacation days or used personal days.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
For the past 18 months the FBI has been investigating a complaint about the large number of police involved in the 2011 municipal election in Waterbury. The core questions of the investigation are a) whether city employees were paid for working on Neil O’Leary’s victorious campaign, b) did the police use city vehicles or assets in the campaign, and c) were police compensated at a later date for volunteering on Election Day?
So far lots of questions, and no answers.
From the Desk of Police Chief Gugliotti:
In response to two recent unfortunate crime incidents in the Overlook area, a meeting was held this past Wednesday at the Mayor’s Office. This meeting was attended by Mayor Neil O’Leary, Chief of Staff Joseph Geary, leaders from the Historic Overlook Association and Yeshiva community, and members of the Police Department’s command staff including myself. The meeting was both positive and productive and we were able to share useful information and ideas with each other. In response to these two crimes, the Police Department has increased presence in the Overlook area. This includes an increase in uniformed officers, plainclothes detectives, and specialized units such as our Street Crime Unit.
By John Murray
Connecticut Democrats flexed their muscle in Waterbury Sunday afternoon inside the Palace Theater. How often does the mayor share a stage with a congressman, a senator, the governor and a former president all fired up nine days before the election. That all happened yesterday when former president Bill Clinton campaigned in Connecticut for Congressman Chris Murphy's bid for the United States Senate.
Photographs By John Murray
Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti unexpectedly found himself upside down as he attempted to rappell 350 feet down the side of a 31-story hotel at the Mohegan Sun. Gugliotti had agreed to participate in a fund raiser for Special Olympics and thought he would be rappelling down a waterfall inside the casino. Several days ago he realized he had signed up to rappell down the side of a high rise hotel and his anxiety started to spike. During the ride to the casino this morning Gugliotti said he had prepared himself by imagining he was responding to the cries of a baby in distress.
Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti has a demanding job that frays at the nerves, and Friday he is officially going "Over the Edge" as he rappels 34 stories down the side of the Mohegan Sun as a fund raiser for the Special Olympics. Gugliotti is trying to raise $1500 for his effort and as of Friday morning he is about half way there.