New Haven Police Chief Resignation Unclear Amid Paid Leave

The New Haven police chief has been asked to resign, a union source tell NBC Connecticut, but a city spokesman denies the claim.

Mayor Toni Harper and New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman met on Friday morning, city spokesman Laurence Grotheer said. He said that Esserman has not resigned and the mayor did not ask the police chief to resign.

Union source told NBC Connecticut that the cheif was asked to resign on Friday in the meeting with the mayor. 

In July, Esserman agreed to take a 15-day paid leave of absence after members of the city's police union overwhelmingly voted to say they had no confidence in him, according to the mayor's office.

Earlier this year, Esserman allegedly berated a waitress at a New Haven restaurant , an employee told NBC Connecticut. The accusations of the incident surfaced during his paid absence. 

It was the second time the mayor punished the chief since he was appointed to the top job in the police department. In 2014, he was reprimanded after a confrontation with an usher at Yale Bowl.

Assistant Chief Anthony Campbell has been acting chief during Esserman's absence.

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