On Tuesday, city officials said Police Chief Dean Esserman resigned from his position, effective Sept. 2.
“Crime and violence have steadily and consistently decreased in New Haven throughout the nearly five years of Chief Esserman’s tenure and I’m grateful for the chief’s successful legacy,” Mayor Toni Harp said in a press release. “Public safety in New Haven is improved after a return to grass roots community policing, productive partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, and positive interaction with community organizations.”
"The hope is that we get a chief, hopefully who knows the community well," said Barbara Fair. "I think it was a good thing, I'm glad that he did it, it's over for the community wondering what's going to happen next, is he coming back, is he not."
He was given a 15-day paid leave of absence on July 25.
Eyewitness News was told Esserman was at Archie Moore’s in July where he allegedly “berated” a waitress.
This is not the first time 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.
In a statement, Esserman said "It has been a privilege to serve Mayor Harp and work alongside the remarkable men and women of the New Haven Department of Police Service, who no doubt have earned the title, ‘New Haven’s Finest,’ Last and certainly not least, it has been my privilege to serve the wonderful people of New Haven – I am so very grateful for having had this opportunity to do so.”
Assistant Chief Anthony Campbell will continue to serve as interim chief of police.
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