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Suspension for New Haven police chief ended today, he remains on temporary sick leave

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Police Chief Dean Esserman remains on temporary sick leave after suspension. (WFSB) Police Chief Dean Esserman remains on temporary sick leave after suspension. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The suspension for the New Haven police chief ended on Monday and the mayor said he will remain on temporary sick leave.

Chief Dean Esserman was on a 15-day suspension. Esserman was put on disciplinary leave for two incidents where was he was accused of being hot headed and rude.

Mayor Toni Harp released a statement on the status of Esserman with the New Haven Police Department on Monday afternoon.  

“The disciplinary leave of Chief Esserman, mutually agreed upon by the chief and me July 25th, ends today as scheduled, and will transition immediately to temporary sick leave, for which the chief will use earned and accrued sick time," Harp said.

The department will remain under command of assistant chief Anthony Campbell and in his absence, assistant chief Achilles Generoso. 

“Police department operations will continue uninterrupted and public safety will remain its priority," Harp said. 

For the past 15 days, Esserman has not been at work and was put on paid leave. Harp said in a statement on July 25 the leave for Esserman was after her investigation found "recent reports of conduct I consider unbecoming a public official."

There were two incidents that sparked this action by the mayor. One was at Archie Moore's, which is a New Haven restaurant, where employees said the chief berated a waitress. The restaurant even comped a few meals for customers at nearby tables because of the uncomfortable situation.

Two years ago, the chief was spoken to about an incident during a Yale University football game. Esserman was accused of lashing out an usher, who wanted to know if he had a ticket to the game.

Last week, police sources were saying the mayor was asking for Esserman's resignation, but the mayor's office is saying that's not the case. 

During this incident, the police union has been outspoken. City police officers have voted overwhelmingly they have no confidence in the chief's leadership.

Harp said the statement was released to ensure the residents of New Haven.

“I am eager for residents, property owners, and those visiting and doing business in New Haven to be assured their public safety requirements are being effectively met by the very capable command staff and officers of the New Haven Police Department," Harp said. 

But, no further was released by city officials. 

“Beyond that, given the City’s policy and practice of honoring a presumption of confidentiality in personnel matters, there will be no further comment," Harp said. 

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