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Deware named new police chief

Salary bumped up $8K; still part-time

Lyndeborough once again has a police chief, after the Select Board on Wednesday appointed Rance Deware, who had been serving as the town’s officer-in-charge, to the recently created post.

Deware has accepted the job, a town official said Thursday. He will be paid $54,000, based on a 32-hour work week. The part-time job does not include health or retirement benefits.

Deware was appointed unanimously by Kevin Boette and Arnie Byam, the two Select Board members present at the start of Wednesday’s board meeting. The third board member, Fred Douglas, arrived late for the meeting, after the vote had been taken.

Deware, who was hired as a part-time officer in Lyndeborough in October 2011, has been Lyndeborough’s officer in charge since June 2012, when he was named to the part-time job after Thomas Burke resigned, charging that selectmen had been interfering with management of the department.

At Town Meeting in March, residents narrowly approved a petition warrant article directing the board to hire a police chief rather than continuing with the officer-in-charge system.

At Wednesday’s brief meeting, Boette said both the citizen’s panel and the board of law enforcement officers who had interviewed candidates felt that Deware was well-qualified for the job.

“The impression was that he will make an excellent chief,” Boette said.

On Thursday, Douglas said he had thought the meeting was to start at 6:30 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. He said he would not have voted to hire anyone

“The search process wasn’t as complete as I would have like,” Douglas said. “There was no polygraph, no psychological evaluation. At least a background check should have been done.”

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