GOFFSTOWN – The Town of Goffstown has announced that Police Chief Rob Browne will be stepping down from his role at the end of the calendar year to begin a job as Director of Security at Saint Anselm College.
Browne became the town’s eighth Chief of Police on May 12, 2014. He has been with the department for 24 years, serving as a patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant-commander of support services, operations lieutenant and captain.
Browne, a 1995 Saint Anselm graduate, said that the opportunity to work for his alma mater came suddenly. Even though it was a surprise, it was a welcome one.
“After talking to my wife, I figured there’s no shame in at least trying for it. If it didn’t work out, I’m a very happy man in the job that I do and the role that I play. It just turned out they were looking for somebody with my type of experience,” he said. “It’s kind of like coming home. I’m really excited.”
He’ll be filling the role of Don Davidson, who retired in September after 16 years with the college.
Saint Anselm Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students Alicia Finn believes that for a variety of factors, Browne is the perfect candidate for the position.
“I am is very pleased that Rob Browne, Chief of Police for Goffstown, has accepted the offer as the new Director of Campus Safety and Security for Saint Anselm College,” she said. “Rob has had an esteemed 25-year career in law enforcement, culminating as Chief and successfully guiding the department through two separate national accreditations. Chief Browne has a history of partnership and collaboration with Saint Anselm, not only as part of the local first responders but on a personal level as a proud alum. We look forward to welcoming him back to the Hilltop.”
Browne expects to continue sharing knowledge in an informal role with the Goffstown Police Department as well as in a formal collaborative role associated with his new position. Still, Goffstown Town Administrator Derek Horne says it is a huge loss for the town.
“Rob has been very instrumental in creating a community police department,” said Horne. “Rob really brings the community in on everything they do in creating that relationship.”
Horne added that Goffstown officials will begin searching for a replacement immediately, with a replacement expected no later than December.