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Bristol Councilor Resigns — Takes New City Gig

Josh Medeiros

Freshman City Councilor Dr. Josh Medeiros announced he is resigning February 19, 2019 to become the city’s new Superintendent of Parks and Recreation.

Medeiros, is a Bristol resident who was elected to his first term on the City Council in November 2017. He represents the First District.

The vacancy at Parks and Recreation comes after Brian Wilson left the City of Bristol in November to pursue a new job at the State Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Out of a field of several qualified candidates, Medeiros emerged as the unanimous choice of the
hiring committee to be the new superintendent.

Medeiro posted on Facebook “I am humbled and excited to announce that earlier this evening I was unanimously appointed by the Bristol City Council to serve as Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bristol.”

“As a result of my new position with the city, I felt my role as a City Councilor would present a conflict of interest so, reluctantly, I submitted my resignation from the Bristol City Council.” Medeiro continued.

Mayor Zoppo-Sassu recused herself from the hiring process as she was familiar with several of those who submitted applications.

“I view Josh as a personal friend and of course he has been an ally in several of the key policy initiatives of my administration; said the mayor, “so I wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety or favoritism by completely removing myself from the hiring process.”

Parks Commissioner Bob Fiorito participated on the hiring committee along members of the Human Resources Department and Athletic Director Chris Cassin.

“The panel was unanimousin its decision that Medeiros was the best candidate for the job,” stated Fiorito.

“There is no question that Josh is the perfect fit. His resume totally speaks for itself.”

Medeiro will leave his current position as the Director of Cheshire Parks and Recreation.

While Medeiros says he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Town of Cheshire, he says his heart is truly with the City of Bristol.

“I welcome the opportunity to return and serve my city as the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Medeiros said.

“Bristol is my home and I have stayed active in the community that whole time. All of my leadership roles have positioned me well to be a highly effective Parks Superintendent for the city.”

In addition to serving on the City Council, Medeiros has also been active with several non-profit organizations including as a regular volunteer for For Goodness Sake and as President of the Memorial Boulevard Cultural Center Board of Directors.

Medeiro said he reflected on where he could make the greatest impact for the city.

“Ultimately I felt following my passion for parks and recreation was the right choice.”

Because Medeiros is stepping down with less than nine months before the next election, the Charter allows the Mayor to appoint a replacement as opposed to a special election.

“I’ve made no decisions yet as to who will be taking Josh’s place on the City Council. I will confer with the local Democratic Party and hopefully make an appointment at the March City Council meeting.”

The City Council voted on Medeiros’ nomination at their meeting on February 13, 2019.

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