Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release For More Information:
September 28, 2016 Av Harris (203) 814-7992
Mayor Ganim Appoints Rafael Fonseca, Jr. as New Member to Bridgeport Board of Education
Fonseca is a Veteran Police Officer with more than 20 Years Experience in Law Enforcement Including as a School Resource Officer and Military Service with the US Army Reserve
Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that pursuant to his authority under the Bridgeport city charter he has appointed Rafael Fonseca, Jr. as the newest member of the Bridgeport Board of Education. Fonseca has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of education created by the recent resignation of Andre Baker from the board. Under the Bridgeport city charter, Mayor Ganim has authority to appoint a member to the board when there is a vacancy and the board fails to appoint a member to fill the vacancy within 30 days of the vacancy being created. The Mayor made the appointment after waiting well past the 30 day appointment window given to the board of education and with no indication that the board was moving to fill the vacancy
“Though I would have preferred that the board of education move to fill this vacancy on its own, I am compelled by duty to make this appointment so our schools can function with proper guidance from a full board,” said Mayor Ganim. “Ralphie Fonseca’s dedication to community and country is evident by looking at his career of putting his life on the line to protect all of us as a police officer and a member of our military. We are all grateful that Ralphie is once again volunteering to serve – this time in a critical post that will allow the Bridgeport Board of Education to function properly with all members present. Key decisions need to be made and there is so much work to be done!”
Fonseca is a lifelong Bridgeport resident, has served as a Police Officer in Norwalk for 15 years and prior to that served as a police officer in Ridgefield for four years. As part of his service in law enforcement Fonseca served as a school resource officer, was also very active in the D.A.R.E program, and has coached little league baseball for many years. Fonseca is also a military veteran, having served for 13 years in the US Army Reserve, attaining a rank of Sergeant 1st class at the time of his honorable discharge. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He and his wife Dolores have one daughter and one son, and are longtime residents of the East side of Bridgeport.