Published Date Written by Gail OberNORTHFIELD — After 37 years in law enforcement, Northfield Police Chief Steve Adams announced his retirement yesterday.
Adams said his last official day is May 4 and that he has recommended the selectmen convene a hiring panel to employ the next chief. He said Lt. John Raffaelly will be acting chief and he will continue to serve as special officer until the transition is complete.
Adams began his career in Northfield and then worked for the Franklin Police Department. After Franklin he returned to Northfield where he worked his way up the ranks. Adams has been Northfield's police chief for seven years.
"Steve Adams wealth of knowledge and experience will be invaluable as the town transitions to new leadership in the Police Department,"said Selectboard Chair Geoff Ziminsky. "We are grateful to be able to start the process while Steve is still on board to provide guidance and advice."
Adams said he has not immediate plans for the future. He said he has fielded a few offers from the private sector but said after being a police officer for 37 years, he wouldn't rule out doing some part-time work for some police department.
Adams and his wife have three children and seven grandchildren. His son is a police officer in Laconia and his daughter-in-law is a police detective in Northfield. One of his daughters works in a local school district and the other is a hairdresser in a local salon.