Gilford to introduce new police chief on Monday

GILFORD — Selectmen announced yesterday that they will be appointing a new police chief Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. although the board hasn't identified who it is.

The department has been operating with Lt. James Leach as acting chief since former Chief Kevin Keenan resigned in November of 2013 after admitting an affair with a subordinate officer. Keenan had been on leave since August of 2013.

Selectmen initially used a citizen's review panel to whittle down the nearly 40-applicant strong pool of people who applied for the job.

The top candidates were interviewed by selectmen and after five months, they've made their selection.

The Gilford Police department employees 18 full-time sworn officers, two-part-time officers, and six administrative staff members. The department includes a K-9 team and motorcycle patrols in the summer.

Among his other responsibilities, the new chief will oversee the $1.2-million renovation to the existing police station that was approved by the voters at the March town meeting.