At a general membership meeting held on the evening of Oct. 10, 2013 the Norwalk Police Union voted to endorse former Police Chief Harry Rilling in his bid for Mayor of the City of Norwalk.
Both Mayor Richard Moccia and his challenger Harry Rilling were invited to the meeting on Oct. 10 to address the membership, and to engage in a brief question and answer session.
The candidates spoke about their respective records of public service, their future vision for the Police Department, and about the current state of labor relations in the City of Norwalk. Questions were fielded on topics of medical benefits, manpower, management, and labor relations as well.
The Norwalk Police Union is grateful for Mayor Moccia’s dedication and commitment to the City through the past eight years. The Union recognizes and has always appreciated the amicable and mutually respectful relationship that we’ve had with the Mayor during his tenure.
Harry Rilling was a sworn police officer for over 41 years, 17 of which he served as Norwalk’s Chief of Police. His record as a lifelong public servant spans over four decades. Harry Rilling rose through the ranks of our police department and established a reputation as an intelligent, progressive, tactful, and compassionate leader. While managing the State of Connecticut’s 6th largest municipal police department, Harry Rilling always managed to remain accessible to the men and women he led and to the citizens that he served.
As demonstrated through his leadership as Chief of Police, Harry Rilling understood the paramount importance of treating his workers fairly and with honesty and compassion. Harry Rilling understands the challenges that we face as police officers, and the important role that we play in promoting quality of life for the citizens of Norwalk.
The men and women of the Norwalk Police Union believe that as Mayor, Harry Rilling will work to re-establish a cordial working relationship between City employees and City managers, and that he will respect not only the Collective Bargaining Agreements that the City has with their Unions, but the spirit of honesty and fairness with which they were written. With that, the Norwalk Police Union proudly endorses Harry Rilling in his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Norwalk.
David Orr – President
Norwalk Police Union
AFSCME Local 1727