GILMANTON — Selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday night to name Sgt. Matthew Currier as the next chief of police. His promotion will take place when current Chief Joe Collins retires on December 31, 2015.
At Gilmanton native, Currier, 32, has worked for the Gilmanton Police for 13 years, earning his associates degree in criminal justice while he was on the job. He was promoted to sergeant in 2012.
"This is a great thing for the town," said Town Administrator Arthur Capello. "We have a wonderful chief now and will have a wonderful chief moving forward."
Capello said the board decided to make Currier's promotion public now. In the three years since Collins became chief, he said Currier has worked closely with him learning the administrative side as well as the management side of policing.
"Right now the department is running very well," said Capello, noting he expects nothing will change once Currier takes over a chief. "He's got all of the qualifications."
The Gilmanton Police Department has five full-time officers, one part-time officer and a full-time administrative assistance.
The total department budget is $541,561.
Capello said Currier will earn $65,000 in his first year, which is less than Collins earns. Like Collins, Currier will not be paid overtime but will receive a call-out stipend.
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