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Elicker pick for New Haven chief withdraws after being rejected by city Board of Alders

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Danielle Wedderburn
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WSHU Public Radio

New Haven mayor Justin Elicker’s pick for police chief has withdrawn her name for consideration after the city Board of Alders rejected her.

Activists had a list of complaints about Renee Dominguez, including lack of community input and a rise in violent crime in the city since she took the job as acting chief in March. 

Elicker said the city will start a search process to identify the next police chief. Dominguez is expected to stay on in her acting role until that process is complete.

Elicker aims to have a replacement by early spring.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.