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Beware of “Ban the Box”

2009 City of Hartford, passed “Ban the Box” ordinance

November 26, 2013 Kennard Ray’s appointment was made public by  Mayor Segarra

November 27, 2013 Ray withdrew from the job.

“Ray had not disclosed his criminal convictions.” Mayor Segarra

Ray said, he wasn’t given the opportunity to disclose his background until after the appointment because of a city policy that keeps the disclosure of criminal records out of the initial recruitment states.

Ray’s Criminal History includes

  • 1997 conviction for the sale of narcotics,
  • 1998 conviction for possession of narcotics,
  • 1998 conviction for carrying a pistol without a permit and
  • 2004 conviction for criminal possession of a gun.

Auditors probe city background check