Union votes “no confidence” in police chief

The Bridgeport police union has voted 166 to 20 tonight in favor of a “no confidence” motion against Acting Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr., according to a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The symbolic action was prompted by the city’s threat of 48 layoffs in the 410-strong department, said the union president, Sgt. Charles Paris, earlier this month.

Paris could not be reached for comment tonight.

Earlier this month, he said union leadership was “upset” by the chief failing to address line-up on the layoffs matter within a week of being asked, and cited difficulty in resolving other issues with him as well.

Asked to respond earlier this month, Gaudett said he stood by his record as chief and added that he didn’t want to see layoffs, either.

Noelle Frampton