New Gilford police chief: 'I'm here to be chief of police, not to talk about gay rights'
“I’m here to be the chief of police, not to talk about gay rights,” Bean Burpee said Monday. “Though I will say I am fortunate to come from one state with legal gay marriage to another.”
Bean Burpee began his duties on June 1. Since then, he has been learning the policies of the department and the differences between laws in Maine and New Hampshire.
He’s also working to create an open atmosphere with his staff, he said.
“At 16 years of experience, my career is relatively short, and there are other officers here with a lot more experience in the field and in this department than I have,” he said. “What’s happened in the past is in the past. I want to have an open-door policy for anyone here who has ideas or who can help.”
“I started looking then; it seemed the right time to make a move,” he said.
He was chosen by Gilford officials from a pool of 47 candidates.
“I want to be a working chief, be on patrol a lot. I think that keeps you in touch,” he said. “I don’t want to lose the feel of being in a police car.”