Hartford’s new mayor to be sworn into office with new year

Luke Bronin delivers his victory speech in Hartford (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The new mayor of Connecticut’s capital city will officially take office when the new year rolls in.

Luke Bronin is scheduled to be sworn in at 12:01 a.m. Friday, New Year’s Day, during a brief ceremony at Hartford’s 27th Annual First Night event in Bushnell Park.

Bronin, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra in September’s Democratic primary. He later defeated a Republican and two petitioning candidates in November’s general election.

Bronin on Thursday announced some key members of his new administration, including Reginald Freeman as the city’s new fire chief. Freeman currently serves as fire chief for Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. He was previously Hartford’s assistant fire chief and deputy director of emergency management.

Bronin also named a new budget director and legal counsel.

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