The Danbury Director of Public Health will be leaving the position and taking the same role in Bridgeport. During last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Mark Boughton announced that Lisa Morrissey would be moving on at the end of the month. She's led the Danbury Department since 2017.
He noted that Bridgeport leaders and Morrissey are willing to work with the City for the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
Boughton says Kara Prunty, the associate director of community health, will become acting health director. Danbury has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases of any municipality in the state, behind only Norwalk and Stamford.
Bridgeport hasn't had a health director since late January, when the employee left for the same role in New Haven. State statute mandates this position be filled within 60 days of a vacancy, but Bridgeport already received an extension.
Meanwhile Danbury Fire Chief TJ Wiedl has taken on the full-time duties as the City’s Emergency Management Director. Assistant Fire Chief Mark Omasta is Acting Chief.