To The Daily Sun,
This is a letter explaining why Mike Moyer will make an excellent sheriff of Belknap County. Mike has the ability and knowledge to perform the multitude of duties incumbent upon the sheriff.
A graduate of Laconia High School, Mike then went on to attend Southern Wesleyan University, where he majored in Criminal Justice; he graduated from the New Hampshire Police Academy; He attended the Babson College Command Institute and the FBI National Academy. He brings with him vast administrative skills and abilities as well as years of experience performing a multitude of police duties.
Mike began his career with the Laconia Police Department in 1985 as a patrolman and worked his way up through the ranks: corporal, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, becoming chief of police in 2007, a position that he held for five years. These positions saw him performing a variety of duties mandated by the following roles: Patrol Division; Bureau of Criminal Investigations; watch supervisor; Administrative Division commander; Operations Division commander and chief of police.
I was elected to the Laconia Police Commission during Mike's time as Chief and took an active part, with the other commissioners, in performing his annual evaluation. The evaluation criteria encompassed 15 areas, including communication skills, knowledge of laws, dependability, work habits and acceptance of responsibility, quality of work, performance under stress, problem solving and community relations.
Great emphasis was put on performing a fair and equitable evaluation of the chief's performance of his duties. The following areas were of particular interest in completing his evaluation, as the commission felt that they were critical to the functioning of a well-run law enforcement agency.
1. The establishment of goals, policies and procedures based upon the needs of the city, its residents and the department.
2. Communication within the department.
3. Intra-department discipline and moral.
4. The image of the chief and the department within the community, as it relates to various civic and service groups; and other city departments, such as the school and City Council.
5. The training of personnel, both mandated and opportunities offered.
6. The preparation, presentation and overseeing of the department's operational budget.
Chief Moyer consistently met or exceeded the expectations of the commission in these areas.
One of the many initiatives established by Chief Moyer, was his desire to involve the department in a process to have it certified nationally, through CALEA – the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This process necessitates that the department prove and demonstrate that it meets or exceeds over 380 standards that address best practices in Law Enforcement. Under Chief Moyer's initiative and direction, the Laconia Police Department became one of the first departments in the State of New Hampshire to be CALEA certified.
In summary, Mike Moyer, is a knowledgeable, hands-one administrator, "who thinks like a wise man but communicates in the language of the people". He has the experience, ability and desire to be the sheriff of Belknap County. Mike Moyer will make an excellent Sheriff!
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