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Lyndeborough police force now fully staffed

  • Lyndeborough police awards and new officers<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Lyndeborough police awards and new officers
    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Ashley Pepelis, left, and Ralph McClellan, right, standing with Officer-in-Charge Rance Deware, were sworn in Wednesday as officers in the Lyndeborough Police Department.<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Ashley Pepelis, left, and Ralph McClellan, right, standing with Officer-in-Charge Rance Deware, were sworn in Wednesday as officers in the Lyndeborough Police Department.
    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Lyndeborough police awards and new officers<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Lyndeborough police awards and new officers
    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Lyndeborough police officers Zach Byam, Keith Hervieux and Michael Needham, from left, stand with Officer in Charge Rance Deware after the three officers received commendations on Wednesday.<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Lyndeborough police officers Zach Byam, Keith Hervieux and Michael Needham, from left, stand with Officer in Charge Rance Deware after the three officers received commendations on Wednesday.
    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Lyndeborough police awards and new officers<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Ashley Pepelis, left, and Ralph McClellan, right, standing with Officer-in-Charge Rance Deware, were sworn in Wednesday as officers in the Lyndeborough Police Department.<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Lyndeborough police awards and new officers<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Lyndeborough police officers Zach Byam, Keith Hervieux and Michael Needham, from left, stand with Officer in Charge Rance Deware after the three officers received commendations on Wednesday.<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

LYNDEBOROUGH – The town’s Police Department is now fully staffed, after two officers were sworn in Wednesday.

“They’ll both be starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow,” said Lt. Rance Deware, officer in charge of the department, after Ashley Pepelis and Ralph McClellan, were sworn in by Select Board member Kevin Boette.

Pepelis, 29, will be a full-time officer. She is originally from Weare and worked in Goffstown, first as a dispatcher and then as a patrol officer, before moving to South Carolina, where she has been a corporal in the Colleton County Sheriffs’s Department. She recently moved back to New Hampshire.

“I missed the winters, believe it or not,” she said after the ceremony. “I’m very happy to be back.”

McClellan, 30, a resident of Londonderry, will be working part-time, about 32 hours a week. He formerly worked in Milford as a police officer and has full-time certification. McClellan said he’d been working as a logger recently but has been eager to get back to police work. He said he’d become familiar with the Lyndeborough area while working in Milford, which made the job attractive.

The two new officers will join Deware, full-time officer Zach Byam and part-timers Keith Hervieux, Michael Needham and Len Emond.

The department has been shorthanded since former Officer in Charge Thomas Burke resigned in June and the Select Board fired Sgt. Paul Roy. The two former officers recently filed suit against the town, with Burke alleging that a hostile work environment compelled him to resign and Roy was fired for looking into “alleged wrongdoings” by Select Board member Donnie Sawin.

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