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April 29. 2014 1:34PM

N.C. police chief to head Hanover Police Department

HANOVER — The current chief of police of Reidsville, N.C., will be the new head of the Hanover Police Department, town manager Julia Griffin announced Tuesday.

Charlie Dennis was selected after a national search to fill a vacancy created by the retirement last year of longtime police chief Nicholas Giaccone.

Dennis was chosen from a pool of more than 65 candidates after an in-depth and rigorous interview process, Griffin said in a news release. He is expected to begin work in early June, pending the completion of New Hampshire certification requirements for his position.

Dennis is a law enforcement veteran with more than 28 years of experience. Before heading the Reidsville Police Department and overseeing its 59 members and $4.5 million annual budget, Dennis was police chief in Page, Ariz., for four years. In Page, he led a 36-member department and administered a $3.2 million budget.

"I am delighted to welcome Charlie Dennis to Hanover," said Griffin. "Our interview committee not only was impressed by his qualifications and prior experience as a police chief, but also by his demeanor, thoughtful insights, communication skills, integrity and leadership style. It was this combination of traits that made him our top choice for the job."

Griffin said Dennis is widely regarded for soliciting input from staff at all levels and reaching out to community stakeholders and other law enforcement agencies to collaborate on local and regional issues of concern.

"We saw during the interview process how carefully Charlie listens to others perspectives, and he also asked probing and thoughtful questions," Griffin observed. "It's apparent that these qualities inform his decision making, which will serve both his colleagues and our community well."

Prior to becoming police chief in Page, Dennis worked as undersheriff for the Bonner County Sheriff's Department in Sandpoint, Idaho, from 2005 to 2008, and served as chief deputy in the Boundary County Sheriff's Department in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, from 2001 to 2005. He began his law enforcement career with the city of Garland, Texas.

Dennis is a graduate of California Coast University with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Command College and is active in several state and national law enforcement organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Dennis said he looks forward to serving the residents, businesses, Dartmouth College and visitors to Hanover and interacting with them to learn what's needed.

"That communication is essential to our striving to provide excellent police services and continue the outstanding quality of life found in Hanover," he said.


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