Police chief selection process nearing an end

As the new year and Police Chief Jim Letourneau’s resignation date approach, the town of Dublin is coming closer to finding a new police chief.

The police chief search committee, which was chosen in the fall and was listed in the Oct. 28 Select Board meeting minutes, is made up of Budget Committee Chair Dale Gabel, Master Patrolman Tim Suokko, Town Administrator Sherry Miller, Dublin Consolidated School Principal May Clark, and Dublin Selectmen Charlie Champagne, Sterling Abram and Sturdy Thomas. Letourneau has also been involved in the search process, acting in an advisory capacity.

The group is still doing interviews, though things are beginning to wrap up. “We’re selecting now,” Miller said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

After the top candidate is offered and accepts the position, he or she will have to pass background checks and other required processes, which the Select Board agreed on Nov. 28 will be done by Keene Police Department, according to the meeting minutes.

The new police chief is expected to begin in late January or early February. In the meantime, Letourneau will stay on part-time at the police department through January, with his full-time shifts ending on Dec. 31.

The town of Dublin asked for applicants for a new police chief in October after Letourneau announced that he would retire at the end of 2013 after 25 years of police work. Letourneau told the Ledger-Transcript in the fall that he took the position of operations manager at Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch in McLeod, Mont., where he will begin working sometime in the new year.

Elodie can be reached by phone at 924-7172 ext. 228, or by email at ereed@ledgertranscript.com. Elodie is also on Twitter @elodie_reed.

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