Former Providence Police Chief Esserman Gets No-Confidence Vote in New Haven

Thursday, June 23, 2016


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Former Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman was voted to move forward with a no-confidence vote by the New Haven Police Union this month, where he has been Chief since 2011.

According to the New Haven Register, Juliemar Ortiz reported:

Union President Craig C. Miller said officers have issues with the way Esserman runs the department, citing his alleged bad temper and intimidation.

“People spoke out and they had many issues. Intimidation is his weapon. He’s quick to punish rather than work with officers to correct mistakes, he doesn’t treat people equally, and he plays favorites,” Miller said Thursday.

Union members voted 39-12 to hold the vote after an hour of debate during a meeting Wednesday night.

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Esserman was named in a racial and gender discrimination complaint filed in Superior Court in New Haven in May, according to the Register

In 2014, GoLocal reported, "Former Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman Threatened to Shut Down Army-Yale Football Game:"

Dean Esserman, former Providence Police Chief and present New Haven Police Chief, threatened to “shut down the whole (Army-Yale football) game” after an usher had asked Esserman for a ticket and a supervisor had refused to “remove” the usher from the Yale Bowl.

Dean Esserman who was forced to resign as the Police Chief of Providence after GoLocalProv investigation uncovered that he had allowed his high school aged daughter and more than 100 friends have a drug and alcohol party at his home under his supervision.

The Army-Yale football game incident came to light after a Yale Assistant Professor Dan Weinberger wrote a letter unveiling the verbal abuse by Esserman. 

In the letter (see below) Weinberger outlines the incident and the threat by Esserman.  


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