STAMFORD, Conn. — Republican Mayoral candidate Michael Fedele brought his campaign to Stamford Police Headquarters Monday afternoon.
Fedele, a former Connecticut lieutenant governor, met with Chief Jonathan Fontneau, Assistant Chief Tim Shaw, and Sgt. Charles White to discuss the current state and future of the department.
When asked by the candidate what his number one wish list item would be for the department, Fontneau told him they need a new building. The chief said the facility needs upgrades including fixing the key card system for the doors, and new jails with new type of bars that could prevent prisoners from hurting themselves.
“We have worn out our welcome here,” Fontneau said. He added that selling the building would bring the city a good price to help pay for a new home for the department.
The chief also outlined the strides the department has made with the schools to have an “omnipresence” at each throughout the day. He told Fedele that each officer has been to each school so they are able to understand the layout, and that the department has made several capital requests for building improvements to keep the school buildings secure.
The mayoral nominee also took a tour around headquarters meeting with several officers and viewing their working conditions. The tour ended with a ride around the city with White.
Fedele became the third candidate to visit police headquarters as Democrat hopefuls State Rep. William Tong and Board of Finance member David Martin have done so earlier this month. Tong and Martin will square-off in a primary on Sept. 10 to run against Fedele, petitioning candidate John Zito, and Independent Kathleen Murphy in November.