Fitzpatrick provided a public statement as well, saying it was an honor to “serve the people of Hartford and work with Mayor Bronin over the past two years to spur Hartford’s continuing revitalization.”
Before working for Hartford, Fitzpatrick was the chief of staff at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a member of the team brought in to overhaul the agency after the “Bridgegate” scandal. He and Bronin had met years earlier, when the two worked together at The Hartford.
The mayor brought in Fitzpatrick in January 2016, not long after his inauguration to the city’s top office. In addition to his position with the city, Fitzpatrick also held a seat on the Capital Region Development Agency and the city’s Stadium Authority.
“I am grateful to Mayor Bronin for the opportunity to have been part of his senior team,” Fitzpatrick said. “I know the Development Services team will continue the work we’ve begun with great determination and skill.”
“In particular, he deserves enormous credit for turning the stadium project around, delivering an award-winning ballpark while protecting taxpayers from bearing the burden of the previous developer’s mistakes,” he said. “We were fortunate to recruit someone of Sean’s caliber, and I am grateful for his dedication and service to our city, and for the new direction he’s set for his department.”
Sean M. Fitzpatrick, Hartford’s director of development services, announced his resignation Tuesday amid questions about his residence in the city.
Meanwhile, Bronin said Tuesday that Fitzpatrick “has done a terrific job assembling and leading a Development team that’s playing a key role in revitalizing Hartford.”
Fitzpatrick’s residency was thrust into the public eye last month, when it was revealed that the address he lists in official city records was at the Town and County Club, which normally only rents rooms on a short-term basis to its members and is not zoned as a residential property. Fitzpatrick still owns a house in Simsbury, according to public records in that municipality.
The revelation spurred action by the city’s Internal Audit Commission, which promised to investigate the matter at its meeting Jan. 17. Despite Fitzpatrick’s resignation, the commissioners have said they still plan on probing whether or not Hartford’s department heads are truly adhering to the city’s residency requirement.