By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin confirmed Wednesday that he will not seek a fourth term.
Appointed to take the place of former Sheriff Dan Collis in 2008 when he left to take a job in the private sector, Wiggin served that term and successfully ran twice for the seat, winning in 2010 and 2013.
As of Wednesday, two candidates have announced a desire to succeed Wiggin. Belknap County Deputy Sgt. William Wright and former Laconia Police Chief Michael Moyer.
Wright, who filed his paperwork at the Secretary of State's Office Wednesday, has worked for the sheriffs department for 11 years and is currently the commander of the Belknap County Drug Task Force. He lives in Belmont.
From 2010 until 2016, Wright served a special deputy and task force officer for the U.S. Marshals Service Posse. He began his career in law enforcement in Belmont and served in the U.S. Marines and later in the New Hampshire National Guard. Wright was at one point a certified firefighter.
Moyer served for more than 20 years as a Laconia Police Officer, rising through the ranks to be named chief of police in 2007. He retired in 2011 but has kept his police certification active and is currently a part-time evidence manager with the Laconia Police. He lives in Belmont.
During his time as Laconia's chief, Moyer led the department as it became one of a handful of New Hampshire police departments that became a credentialed law enforcement agency – a status it maintains today.
Wright said that if elected, he would like to bring the Sheriff's Department into the Belknap County communities for better collaboration purposes.
"(All police departments) rely on each other, and the sheriff should help bring us all together," he said.
He said he's like to see better public relations from the sheriff, especially as it relates to better communications from all local law enforcement.
He supports keeping the Belknap Regional Special Operations Group, of which he was a member for year. He said he would also like to see the Sheriff's Department play a more active role in accident reconstruction and community policing.
Moyer said he has the leadership capabilities to run the department, but said customer service is most important to him. He said the general public and taxpayers are customers and deserve to be treated that way.
He said he would like to review some of the sheriff's department's policy and procedures and will continue with the BRSOG.
"Our team is very well trained," he said. "I was impressed with them when I was chief and considered them very reliable."
Neither Wright nor Moyer consider themselves to be overly political but both are registered Republicans and so will face each other in a primary.
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