New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes retiring, mayor’s office says

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Chief Otoniel Reyes of the new Haven Police department is retiring, Mayor Justin Elicker’s workplace reported Tuesday.

Chief Reyes might be retiring from his put up as chief within the spring. The mayor’s workplace says an actual date has not yet been determined.

over the last 12 months, I actually have labored carefully with Chief Reyes and gotten to know him well. the chief has supplied constant and guiding leadership to our Police department through one of the vital difficult years in recent history.

New Haven has been fortunate to advantage from his integrity, energy of persona, compassion for the neighborhood, and work ethic. i am grateful that the manager has given us superior observe to be certain a clean transition. I desire the executive all of the finest in his future endeavors.”

– Mayor Justin Elicker

Reyes was born and raised in New Haven and spent 21 years preserving the metropolis within the police force. He first started as an Officer and has been chief for the previous two years.

From patrol cop to chief, Otoniel Reyes become no stranger to the city of latest Haven. A son of the hill, he’s now set to start a new season of his life within the deepest sector. The details of his next movement have yet to be introduced, however one issue is for definite – his departure leaves an incredible vacancy for the mayor to fill.

New Haven is my home. i used to be born and raised right here and served our group for twenty-one years. i’m honored and grateful to have began here as an Officer and to rise up the ranks to Chief of Police.

This fleeting moment—these twenty-one years—has been the sort of adventure for me. I desire you all to grasp that I’m still here, I still love this city, and i seem ahead to seeing you all in my civilian attire.

i am always indebted to the residents of the city of recent Haven, my coworkers, those lives that I even have touched, and all folks that have touched me over the last two many years. i’ll continue to be a resident here and spend extra time with my family unit, who have been with me through thick and skinny. This job is taxing on the intellect, physique, and spirit, and i salute all my fellow officers on their tireless work. i’ll leave out you all significantly.”

– New Haven Police Chief Reyes

Mayor Elicker crediting Reyes for his tireless work chiefly within the remaining yr between the pandemic and the persevered effort to set up more suitable group relationships. Elicker says looking again on the tumultuous year, he’s grateful to have had Reyes’ information and management and adds he now has some fairly big footwear to fill.

“He’s a pretty good chief and we will pass over him mainly given the adventure of the final year. the chief has viewed the city via a very difficult time not simply throughout the pandemic, but additionally the protests which required a person I believe is capable of preserve the morale up in a branch when a lot of officers consider the power but on the equal time being able to reply to the group,” the mayor says.

Chief Reyes’ time period as chief ends in January of 2022. The city should be attempting to find an meantime-chief to fill out the remainder of this term.