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Posted: 12/10/2021 8:28:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/11/2021 10:47:56 AM EDT
NHPD seems to have a high churn rate for the top slot. Seems like every few years they're getting a new police chief.

The WTNH article on this story that I read yesterday seemed to hint very strongly at the "they didn't want a woman as police chief" angle.
Link Posted: 12/11/2021 9:02:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/13/2021 11:59:50 AM EDT
And she is done.


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Originally Posted By Andrapos:

That's the M.O. for lots of top brass, be it Police or Fire. Even town managers do it. Get promoted to the Chief position at 18-20 years in, then put in enough extra years to seal a good pension, retire so you can get rehired by another department because of your experience, then lather, rinse, and repeat.
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Link Posted: 12/14/2021 9:16:20 AM EDT
All about The Benjamin’s $$$$$$.
Link Posted: 1/13/2022 2:21:07 PM EDT
Now the New Haven "clergy members" are getting in on the action. They're suing New Haven claiming that the city is violating it's charter by having Chief Dominguez remain in her position.

New Haven clergy members suing the city over how it handled the search for a new police chief

New Haven clergy members are suing the city and its leadership over how it handled the search for a new police chief. Clergy members claim the city is violating its charter by allowing interim Chief Renee Dominguez to remain in her position even after the Board of Alders voted down her nomination to become permanent chief.

Those behind the lawsuit say they feel the mayor and other city leaders are not being transparent in the process.

“Our city is in grave danger based on the leadership of the police department and so we are asking and we are suing to get a real interpretation on this charter that we believed that the mayor is not operating in an honest way,” said Rev. Boise Kimber, Greater New Haven Clergy Association.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker says the city is in the beginning stages of finding a replacement for the police chief and says there will be a community input component of that process.

“We need a chief, we need to continue to have a chief until we identify someone new, and for us, to all of a sudden change course because of a press conference someone had is inappropriate and not in the best interest of the community,” Elicker said.

The lawsuit does not seek any money. An initial hearing is scheduled for early March.
Link Posted: 1/13/2022 6:56:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/11/2022 6:12:59 AM EDT
An update on this kerfuffle.

New Haven’s chief administrative officer to be acting police chief after Dominguez retires

New Haven Acting Police Chief Renee Dominguez announced her last day on the job will be Friday.

She is retiring on Saturday.

“It’s politics not performance that’s being attacked. I have never been attacked because I have not performed. The police department has always performed to its highest, so it is just time to be able to allow the officers to continue to move forward,” Dominguez said.

Following her announcement Tuesday, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker announced Regina Rush-Kittle as the next acting police chief for the city. Rush-Kittle, the city’s chief administrative officer, has a long career in law enforcement and the military.

(see link for entire article)
Link Posted: 5/23/2022 5:14:55 PM EDT
Elicker announces nominee for next New Haven police chief

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker announced a nominee for the next permanent Chief of Police for the city.

Elicker named Assistant Chief Karl Jacobson as his nominee to lead the New Haven Police Department. He is a 15-year veteran of the department. Before working in New Haven, Jacobson worked at the East Providence Police Department for nine years.

Jacobson’s nomination to the position is subject to confirmation by the New Haven Board of Alders. Until then, Acting Police Chief Regina Rush-Kittle will continue to serve in the role temporarily until a permanent police chief is confirmed, then she will resume her responsibilities as the city’s chief administrative officer.

“To the community, I’m going to be there for you,” Jacobson said. “It doesn’t matter what time, day or night. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to be there for you. And to the officers, I’m very proud to lead this department. This is a very good department.”

The announcement comes after former interim Renee Dominguez retired from the police department on May 13.

Elicker nominated Dominguez to be permanent chief, but his nomination was rejected by the Board of Alders. The plan was to keep Dominguez in the role until a new chief was named, but a lawsuit was filed, claiming the city charter was violated by keeping her in this interim position for more than six months.

Dominguez told News 8 she decided to retire early, keeping her department in mind.

After the national search for a permanent police chief, the city narrowed it down to 15 qualified applicants. Elicker said it was Jacobson who shined above the rest, complimenting his genuineness and commitment to the community.

“While he clearly has so many of the attributes that are important for success as a police chief, the thing that I am most impressed about is example after example of his genuineness, his commitment to the community,” Elicker said. “He shows up after hours, he knows people’s names in the community, whether they are victims of gun violence, he knows the perpetrators, he knows these members of our community.”

Elicker said he’s confident the Board of Alders will approve the nomination. He said he expects them to begin the review in early June, and it may take a month for the approval process to be completed.
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