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Moyer was terrific police chief & he'll make an excellent sheriff

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!

Douglas Whittum


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Mr. Bishop does not have permit to have restaurant in Rural Zone

To The Daily Sun,

According to Marshall Bishop's letter dated August, 16th, Gail Ober's article must have been incorrect. He would like everyone to believe he has "all of his permits to have a winery and restaurant". I was at the same meeting Gail Ober attended and I also heard the Planning Board tell him he was NOT permitted to have a restaurant. Gail wasn't the only one in the room to hear those words, everyone in attendance heard them. Mr. Bishop will have to go to the Zoning Board to gain approval for a restaurant as he is in a Rural Zone, where restaurants are not permitted.

On Mr. Bishops initial application dated May 9, 2011, he actually began to write the word restaurant and then crossed it out. Why would he do that? Did he know at the time he wouldn't be allowed to have a restaurant? The way I read the Planning Board's minutes from June 9, 2011, Mr. Bishop didn't even receive FINAL approval for his winery and function hall and no signed or recorded plan.
Our initial question to the Planning Board was, does Marshall Bishop have a permit to have a "restaurant?" The answer the Planning Board gave last Thursday night was NO, he is not permitted and must go to the ZBA. The other question we asked was, were Marshall Bishop's directional signs permitted? The answer again is NO, as each one needed to be approved by the Planning Board.
I'm not sure if Mr. Bishop wasn't listening last Thursday night or if he is just trying once again to use the old smoke and mirrors trick. Mr. Bishop advertises on his website that he has a restaurant. He needs to go to the ZBA for approval and he has not. Perhaps he is afraid his neighbors might have a chance to speak in opposition of his establishment if he goes to the ZBA.
The Planning Board told us at their June meeting that they would issue a "cease and desist" order if Mr. Bishop was found to be lacking a restaurant permit. I guess we'll see if they will follow through or will they give Mr. (Selectman) Bishop a free ride — favoritism vs. doing the right thing.
Brett and I have been made to look like the villains for asking the question. This is not anything new, whenever we've brought something controversial out in the open we've faced the fallout. Some in Gilmanton don't like to be held accountable and when they're backed into a corner they lie and attempt to rewrite history. I fully expect the Planning Board to go back on its statement regarding the cease and desist prder. We've already been told "they don't want it to appear they are siding with the Curriers," How about doing what's right and making Mr. Bishop follow the same zoning regulations all other businesses have had to follow? Cease and desist or Sweep Mr. (Selectman) Bishop's violations under the rug? We'll have to wait and see.

Brenda Currier


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