HARTFORD, Conn. — Hartford’s mayor says he has selected a high-ranking member of state police as his preferred choice to replace the city’s outgoing police chief.

Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday that he will host public forums in the coming weeks so residents can get to know Lt. Col. David Rosado, a Hartford native who has been with state police for nearly 20 years.

Sgt. John Szewczyk, head of the local police union, tells the Hartford Courant he is disappointed that the union did not have input in Bronin’s choice. But he said the union will welcome Rosado if he is confirmed as chief.

Rosado, who oversees field operations for state police, says it is an honor to be considered.

Current Police Chief James Rovella plans to retire by early next year.

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