Dean M. Esserman, J.D.
Chief of Police, Providence, R.I., Police Department
Born in September of 1957 in New York City, Dean M. Esserman has spent virtually his entire adult life in public service, specifically as a law enforcement administrator. Colonel Esserman served as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York, from 1983 to 1987. He then served as general counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police, the sixth largest force in the nation, with 4,000 sworn officers.
Colonel Esserman was assistant chief of police in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1991 to 1993, where he put into effect a community-policing plan, the state's first federally funded drug gang task force, and cut crime city-wide. He then became chief of police for the M.T.A. Metro North Police Department, headquartered in New York City. He served as chief from 1993 to 1998.
Colonel Esserman was appointed in 1998 as chief of police in Stamford, Connecticut, where he brought his nationally renowned philosophy of community-oriented policing and cut crime by
50 percent. While in Stamford, he introduced many innovations and developed a national reputation as a police leader.
Colonel Esserman served through 2001, when he became executive managing director of the Thacher Associates, LLC. In addition, Colonel Esserman is one of only 10 federally appointed monitors in the nation, and is currently monitoring the Wallkill Police Department of New York at the appointment of the Federal Court. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Police Executive Research Forum, the nation's preeminent policing think-tank.
Dean Esserman is a graduate of the New Haven Police Academy, Dartmouth College (B.A.), New York University School of Law (J.D.), and a fellow at the Yale University Child Study Center. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bar, and is currently serving as the senior law enforcement executive in residence at the Roger Williams University Justice System Training and Research Institute.
Colonel Esserman was appointed as chief of police of the Providence Police Department on January 10, 2003 and presently serves in that capacity.
Dean Esserman, and his wife, Gilda, have three children, Rolando, Nellie-June and Sam.