Raymond police chief to retire; captain named replacementBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
March 07. 2018 8:17PM
RAYMOND — Police Capt. Michael Labell has been appointed to replace Police Chief David Salois, who recently announced plans to retire.
Town Manager Craig Wheeler, who has authority to appoint the next full-time chief, informed selectmen that Labell will assume the role on March 16 — the same day that Salois retires from the position he’s held for the past 18 years.
According to a memo to selectmen, Wheeler said his decision to appoint Labell was based on a recommendation and support from Salois, acknowledgement of the secession planning and hierarchy from captain to chief, Labell’s more than 18 years working in town, and his knowledge of the police department and familiarity of the community and its law enforcement needs.
In a letter on Feb. 25 announcing that he would retire, Salois said he was honored to lead the department for the past 18 years. He joined the department in 1989 and climbed through the ranks to become chief in 2000.
“During these years I’ve had the opportunity to serve a community filled with caring and genuine people. Raymond in so many ways defines the very meaning of community — a place where neighbors and friends care for one another. Being a part of that tightly woven fabric has made this time enjoyable and the years slip away quickly,” he wrote.
Salois said he’s starting a new career “on the private side,” but wouldn’t offer specifics just yet.
Wheeler said he’s worked directly with Salois since 2011, but also worked with him when he was planning director several years ago.
“I consider Chief Salois to be the ‘police chief’s police chief.’ He is (a) consummate professional in law enforcement. His entire career has been devoted to public service, law enforcement and an effort to make Raymond a better place to live work and play,” Wheeler said, adding that Salois possesses “tremendous integrity, bravery, honor, and common sense.”
A swearing-in ceremony for Labell is planned for March 16 at 3 p.m. in Torrent Hall.