STRATHAM — A newly retired police lieutenant from Massachusetts has been hired as the town’s new police chief.
Anthony King will begin April 22 after retiring Friday from the Salisbury, Mass. department, following 29 years of service there.
King will replace former chief John Scippa, who retired in December after nine years.
“Chief King has many years of experience, outstanding training credentials and management experience as well as a reputation for being hardworking and highly respected. He will make a great police chief for our community. His embrace of true community policing approach and interest in service to Stratham were just two of the factors leading to his selection,” Selectman Chairman Michael Houghton said in a news release announcing King’s appointment.
King, who lives in Salisbury with his wife, has three grown children and grandchildren. His annual salary will be $100,000, according to Town Administrator David Moore.
The four-month search for a new chief included the development of a candidate profile with input from the community as well as an interview process that included representatives from the community, three selectmen and town administrator.
King joined the Salisbury department as a special police officer in 1990, became a reserve police officer in 1994, and also worked as a full-time EMT-paramedic and a reserve police officer in Georgetown, Mass.
King became a full-time patrolman in 1997, was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2007 and to detective sergeant in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division in 2010.
He has served as lieutenant and second in charge of the agency, which includes 50 employees, since 2014.
According to Stratham officials, King oversaw all operations of the agency and served as accreditation manager, leading to Massachusetts state certification and accreditation for the first time in the Salisbury department’s history.
King has also received the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy Award for successfully completing the supervisory leadership, command leadership and executive leadership curricula.