NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- According to New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, the city’s police chief is set to retire.

The announcement was made on Friday afternoon that New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell.

In a statement, Harp said “Chief Campbell’s command these past few years has been characterized by the lowest violent crime rates in the history of the city – and they’re still trending downward. He’s done a great job and we’ll be sorry to see him go. I’m so grateful for the chief’s steadfast service to the city and its police department these past 20-plus years. On behalf of city residents, property owners, and business operators, I thank him for that time with us and wish him Godspeed going forward.”

Campbell has been in the department for more than 20 years, and was sworn in as police chief in 2017.

Campbell continued the department's commitment to community policing and making transparency a priority, which he accomplished by bringing body cameras to the department. 

He also pushed for a family justice center to combat domestic violence, and a union contract for officers, both of which the city is still without. 

That lack of a union contact and the uncertainty over future health benefits has resulted in an exodus of officers, with more potentially on the way. 

Campbell replaced the former chief Dean Esserman who resigned in 2016 after he allegedly berated a waitress at a restaurant in the Elm City, earlier in the summer.

He attended Yale in the 1990s with his sights set on becoming a Jesuit Priest. He says that changed his second year in New Haven when he met his future wife. 

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