Finch administration decides to come clean with crime news – Connecticut Post

By Brian Lockhart

BRIDGEPORT — As Mayor Bill Finch battles for his political life in the mayoral race, his office has brought aboard another staffer to help manage the administration’s message.

On Monday, Finch Communications Director Brett Broesder announced that Kevin Coughlin, 27, is the interim spokesman for the police and fire departments.

The move comes a day after a Hearst Connecticut Media story on Sunday revealed the mayor’s office had drastically cut back on the daily volume of police news and information released to the media and public, a breach of the state Freedom of Information Act.

One of Coughlin’s first duties was to announce police Chief Joseph Gaudett‘s effort to “enhance media access” to the cops.

Gaudett said that besides adding Coughlin to the city’s communications team, he has ordered his department to make all records available on a daily basis and will schedule weekly Friday morning press briefings.

… Open and transparent

Coughlin, as previously reported, actually began working for the mayor earlier this summer while another communications staffer, Bill Kaempffer, is on paid leave for a personal medical issue.

Coughlin is earning $3,750 a month, according to the mayor’s office. [Read More]