New Haven pays outgoing police chief $99,500

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Before embattled New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman left, he was paid nearly $100,000 and received a letter of recommendation.

These new details come from a four page separation agreement with the city made public for the first time Friday.

Esserman resigned on September 2 after months of controversy, a no confidence vote from the police union and Mayor Harp suspending him for alleged outbursts at restaurants and other venues.

Despite the suspension and lack of union support, Esserman was also given a letter of recommendation, according to agreement. The letter of recommendation has not been seen, but it says Esserman was in “good standing as of the effective date of his resignation.”

Mayor Harp‘s office had previously said that the agreement would not be released, because it involved personnel matters. Following a Freedom of Information request, the city released the document.

Late Friday, Mayor Harp’s office issued a statement:

“The city’s contract with then-Chief of Police Esserman was through January, 2018, and its remaining value was more than $200,000,” Mayor Toni N. Harp said. “A decision to ‘buy out’ that contract – for less than $100,000 – was made concurrent with the chief’s decision to leave before the end of its term, and in recognition of his considerable, positive contributions to public safety in New Haven.”

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