(New Haven, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – New Haven’s police chief has stepped down.

Dean Esserman spent five, sometimes tumultuous years as the Elm City’s top cop.

He took a leave of absence at the end of July after an incident in which he allegedly berated a waitress at a city restaurant.

It wasn’t the first time the chief’s temper had apparently gotten the better of him.  In 2014, Esserman had a confrontation with an usher at Yale Bowl during a football game.

The police union had recently voted that it had no confidence in Esserman.

Now, Mayor Toni Harp says his resignation was effective last Friday.

In a statement, Harp praised Esserman for a drop in crime throughout his tenure, saying public safety improved due to Esserman’s grassroots approach.

Esserman has long been a proponent of community policing.

Harp says Assistant Police Chief Anthony Campbell will run the department on an interim basis.


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