Late February marks the season when the City of Waterbury honors a Dominican Republic Mayor for a Day. The traditional flag raising ceremony was held on Friday, February 28 at City Hall. This year’s honoree, Sergeant José Mundo Diaz was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Wilby High School, who went on to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College.
Waterbury Police Sergeant Diaz was instrumental in establishing the city’s first mounted police unit. Today, the longtime city resident is the head of the police department’s Community Relations Division. He was celebrated as Dominican Mayor for the Day in a ceremony where state and local officials recognized his contributions to the city and the community.
Tabitha Cruz, President of the Student Government Association at Naugatuck Valley Community College presented the Sergeant with a poem on behalf of NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, who had also been named Dominican Republic Mayor for the day in 2013.
President De Filippis praised Tabitha for her poise and leadership saying, “I am honored to be represented by our own SGA president, Tabitha Cruz, whose leadership continues to blossom. I am also so happy to congratulate Sergeant Diaz on this wonderful honor. He is a talented leader and community member whose dedication to Waterbury is being recognized. Bendiciones.”
Cruz presented an elegantly wrapped poem in NVCC colors, There is a Country in the World by Pedro Mir. In her remarks she praised Sergeant Diaz for his leadership in the role of community relations and his initiative with the mounted police unit. She congratulated Sergeant Diaz on his accomplishments on behalf of President De Filippis and NVCC. She then read the poem aloud and thanked him for his service to the people of Waterbury.