Former New Haven interim chief now deputy chief in Watertown

Former New Haven interim chief now deputy chief in Watertown
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 9:54 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) - A former interim chief in New Haven has taken on the role of deputy chief in Watertown.

Renee Dominguez was announced on Monday as a deputy chief for the Watertown Police Department by Chief Josh Berengger.

Dominguez was sworn in by Town Clerk Lisa Dalton.

Her official first day was Monday.

Dominguez left the New Haven Police Department in May after serving it for more than 20 years.

She was ordered to vacate the position because she had served as interim chief longer than the city charter allowed.

She was nominated for the permanent position by Mayor Justin Elicker in Dec. 2021, but the city’s Board of Alders voted against it.

Bernegger said the role has been open for years with the pandemic delaying the process.

Given Dominguez’s more than 20 years of experience, particularly with a larger city police department, Bernegger said Dominguez stood out among the other candidates.

Dominguez said she looked into non-police work in her short retirement but couldn’t stay away from the job.

“I was looking at everything, like what would be in my wheelhouse and in the end, I said it many times, I wasn’t done. I don’t feel done, so I feel like I wouldn’t have been as satisfied in a non-traditional policing role and I know that here I’m going to have that satisfaction that I crave,” said Dominguez.

A formal swearing-in ceremony is happening Tuesday, September 27 at 2 p.m. It will be at Watertown Police Headquarters on French Street.