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April 13. 2014 7:10PM

Rindge selectmen name interim police chief; begin search

RINDGE — The Board of Selectmen has contracted Municipal Resources, Inc., to help the town find its new police chief.

MRI and former police chief Mike French will conduct the search. French will step in to manage the police department, board member Roberta Oeser said Friday.

Last month, Rindge Police Chief Frank Morrill announced his retirement from police work. He has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years and had been the town's police chief for just over a year.

Morrill, 49, started his police career as a patrol officer in Peterborough in 1991. He was hired by the town of Rindge to be a police sergeant nine years ago.

In his resignation letter to the Selectmen, Morrill said other demands and interests of a personal nature were the reason for his retirement.

"We were stunned with the resignation (because) he had just signed for an extension of his contract at the end of January," Oeser said.

Morrill only gave a month's notice so French, a former Goffstown police chief, will step in as department manager after April 30.

Oeser said the board is taking Morrill's departure as an opportunity to study the town police department.

"We do feel that it is an opportunity to get a study done of the police department at the same time we have Mike French there," Oeser said.

An advertisement for the position of police chief is being posted today, she said. The town expects to pick a new police chief in about 90 days, Oeser said.

French will work 24 hours a week managing the department, studying the department and fielding the initial job applicants. The town will pay him $78 an hour. The town will be saving money, Oeser said, because it will not be paying Morrill his salary which is approximately $71,000 a year and an independent study of the department by MRI would normally cost $12,000, Oeser said.

mpierce@newstote.com


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