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New Haven police chief taking 15-day paid leave of absence

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Police Chief Dean Esserman (WFSB) Police Chief Dean Esserman (WFSB)

New Haven’s police chief is in hot water over how he allegedly treated staffers at a popular Elm City restaurant, and now he is taking a leave of absence.

Eyewitness News was told Police Chief Dean Esserman was at Archie Moore’s a few weeks ago, where he allegedly “berated” a waitress.

The restaurant also comped meals for a few nearby tables, saying the situation in the restaurant became uncomfortable.

A spokesperson for the mayor's office told Eyewitness News Mayor Toni Harp would be meeting with top aides to determine whether or not Esserman would be disciplined.

She released a statement later on Monday that said “Following my investigation of recent reports of conduct I consider unbecoming a public official, Chief of Police Dean Esserman and I have mutually agreed that he will take a 15 working-day, paid leave-of-absence, effective tomorrow,” New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp said. “Beyond that, given the City’s policy and practice of honoring a presumption of confidentiality in personnel matters, there will be no further comment.”

This is not the first time Police Chief Dean Esserman’s behavior is being called into question.

In 2014, the chief was spoken to after an incident during a football game at the Yale Bowl, where he allegedly lashed out at an usher when questioned on whether or not he had a ticket to the game.

The latest incident comes on the heels of a ‘no confidence vote’ from the police union, though the mayor has stressed the chief has done a good job and has her backing, citing declining crime rates.

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