Dominguez could become New Haven’s first female police chief

November 10, 2021 GMT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker appointed Renee Dominguez as the city’s police chief on Wednesday, which would make her the first woman to permanently lead the force.

Dominguez has served as acting chief since March, due to the retirement of Otoniel Reyes. Her appointment must be approved by the city’s Board of Alders.

City and state officials believe Dominguez also would be the first female permanent police chief in any of the state’s largest cities. Several women have led police departments in smaller cities and towns in Connecticut. In the state’s largest city, Bridgeport, Rebeca Garcia is currently the acting police chief.

“I am very excited,” Dominguez said at a news conference Wednesday. “My entire adult life has been dedicated to serving the community.”

Dominguez became a police officer in Newtown in 2000 and moved to the New Haven police in 2002. She is married with two daughters, ages 3 and 6.

“To be the chief and have little girls is a challenge,” she said. “But what better role model than your mother. You can do whatever you want and you can be whoever you want to be.”