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New Haven Mayor Picks Assistant Chief Jacobson as Nominee for New Police Chief

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New Haven’s mayor has chosen Assistant Chief Karl Jacobson to be his nominee for police chief.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker made the announcement during a news conference on Monday morning.

Elicker said there was a national search and there were 15 applicants for the position.

"By far, the individual that was the most qualified was right here at home," Elicker said.

New Haven’s mayor has chosen Assistant Chief Karl Jacobson to be his nominee for police chief. New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker made the announcement Monday.

Jacobson has been with the New Haven Police Department for 15 years and has risen through the ranks, Elicker said.

Before that, he served for nine years as a police officer with the police department in East Providence, Rhode Island.

"He earned this job," Elicker said.

Jacobson vowed to be there for the community.

"To the officers, I am very proud to lead this department," he said.

The nomination comes after Renee Dominguez, who served as acting police chief from June 2021, announced earlier this month that she would retire.

Dominguez, who was hired at the age of 21, was with the New Haven Police Department for 22 years, rising through the ranks to become assistant chief and eventually was acting police chief.

On the eve of her retirement, Acting New Haven Police Chief told NBC Connecticut’s Kyle Jones she isn’t leaving the department on the terms she had hoped for.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker had nominated her to become the permanent police chief, but the New Haven Board of Alders voted in December to reject the nomination. Dominguez withdrew her name from consideration but remained acting chief.

A lawsuit filed by Rev. Boise Kimber and other local clergy members led to a ruling by a judge that New Haven was in violation of its charter by keeping Dominguez on as acting chief longer than six months.

Elicker disagreed with the ruling and vowed to appeal but Dominguez instead decided to retire.

Elicker chose the city's Chief Administrative Officer, Regina Rush-Kittle, to serve as interim police chief until a new permanent chief is selected.

Elicker held a news conference at 11 a.m. at city hall to announce his nominee.

He said he be submitting Jacobson's name for the Board of Alders review on June 6 and hopes he will be confirmed in early July.

Jacobson said he will appeal to the Board of Alders to look at his record, what he's done in the city and how he interacts with people in the city.

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