New Haven mayor announces police chief nominee

New Haven mayor announces police chief nominee
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 9:21 AM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 12:19 PM EDT
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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - New Haven’s mayor announced his choice to lead the Elm City’s police department.

Mayor Justin Elicker scheduled a news conference for Monday morning to announce his nomination of Assistant Chief Karl Jacobson to serve as the New Haven Police Department’s permanent chief.

The announcement came shortly after 11 a.m. at City Hall on Church Street.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker announced his pick to lead the New Haven Police Department.

Jacobson came to New Haven 15 years ago following a stint with the East Providence Police Department. He rose through the ranks in New Haven as an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant before being named assistant chief. In the latter, he oversaw the patrol and detective divisions, along with SWAT, emergency services and school resource officers.

Former Interim Chief Renee Dominguez left the position on May 13 following a lawsuit.

Elicker named Dominguez as the police department’s permanent chief, but the city’s Board of Alders rejected the nomination.

She pledged to stay on until a new chief could be named; however, a local pastor filed a lawsuit against the city and won. The pastor argued that Dominguez and Elicker violated the city charter when Dominguez stayed in the position for more than 6 months.

Dominguez served New Haven for more than 20 years.

Jacobson said she left the department in good shape and that he’s committed to continuing the city’s commitment to community policing.

He did admit, however, that he never thought of being chief when first came to New Haven. He said his message to residents is clear: No matter what time of day, no matter the issue, he’s going to be there.

“[I] never got into this job to be the chief,” Jacobson said. “[You] take this job because you care. Now here we are.”

Elicker said he will submit Jacobson’s name to the Board of Alders at its early June meeting.

One Alder is already in his corner.

“I’m here because I believe in him. I’m here because I’ve seen his actions, I’m here because I know he can be a great chief of police. I’m here because he believes in the people,” said Alder Honda Smith. “I’m just 1 out of 30, and I just hope all the rest of them believe in him also.”

He said he hopes to have a vote and confirmation by some point in July.

New Haven’s mayor announced his choice to lead the Elm City’s police department.