Police Chief Cheated to Get His Job, and Officers Helped, U.S. Says

Bridgeport, Connecticut’s biggest city, has experienced its share of government corruption in the recent past, including a scandal that sent the current mayor to federal prison for seven years before his triumphant return to City Hall.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors added a potential new entry to the city’s dishonor roll, charging that the police chief and another official conspired to rig the hiring process to ensure that the chief got the top police job.

The chief, Armando J. Perez,…

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