By THOMAS P. CALDWELL
LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — Evan Boulanger, who has served eight years as an officer with the Belmont Police Department, took the oath of office as a corporal during a ceremony yesterday at the Corner Meeting House.
Police Chief Mark Lewandoski, in introducing Boulanger, noted that three highly qualified officers had applied for the position. "All of them are qualified to be corporal and would do a great job," he said. "Officer Boulanger came out with the top score."
The department's sergeants created the test, administered at the Primex facility in Concord, according to Lt. Richard Mann. With oral, written, and essay components, the comprehensive test called upon knowledge from basic police procedures to field training to supervisory capabilities.
In addition to those scores, officers got points for community affiliations and involvement, educational training, and service awards, Mann said. In all, the candidates completed an eight-hour vetting process.
Boulanger came to Belmont after serving with the Gilmanton Police Department and, in 2014, he became the town's K9 handler when his four-legged companion "Vito" joined the department. He will continue as K9 handler as he takes on his new duties.
Belmont's corporal position is a first-line patrol supervisor position. Boulanger will work under the supervision of two sergeants.
Town Clerk Cynthia DeRoy administered the oath, after which Boulanger's wife, Sara, placed the pin on his uniform.