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Christopher Forte (he/him) serves as Assistant General Counsel for the City of Middletown and has devoted his entire legal career to representing municipalities. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Stratford, and has past experience an adjunct professor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College where he taught courses on the First and Fourth Amendments.
Since joining City service, Forte has spearheaded several diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In 2018, Forte created the City of Middletown’s first-ever LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee. In 2019, he founded Middletown Pride, which in its first year, became the State of Connecticut’s largest Pride event. Forte was instrumental in the installation of the City of Middletown’s pride crosswalk on Main Street. In 2021, Forte expanded the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee into the City’s first LGBTQIA+ Commission.
Forte has been recognized internationally and locally for his work. He received the first-ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the Liberty Bell Award from the Middlesex County Bar Association. Forte is a cum laude graduate of the Quinnipiac University School of Law, and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut where he received his B.A. in Political Science.