Goffstown Police Capt. Eric Sereno

Goffstown Police Capt. Eric Sereno will begin his new role as police chief on Jan. 1. He has been with the department since 2006.

GOFFSTOWN — The Board of Selectmen has unanimously selected police Capt. Eric Sereno to become the next police chief, starting Jan. 1.

Sereno takes over for Robert Browne, who will become St. Anselm College’s safety director after 24 years with the police department.

Town Administrator Derek Horne said Sereno was one of four members of the department considered for the position, with Sereno’s maturity and leadership style earning him praise from the town’s elected leaders.

“The board is really excited about Eric coming on as chief and working with his command staff working in the same direction as it has over the past few years under Chief Browne’s direction,” said Horne.

Sereno says he received approximately 50 congratulatory phone calls on Tuesday alone as he has been preparing for the transition.

For Sereno, the primary change from his current role involves additional outreach with the public on department initiatives.

“It’s definitely been humbling,” said Sereno. “My hope is that I can help continue providing leadership for the Goffstown Police Department and to continue doing my part to improve our role in serving the people of Goffstown.”

A lifelong resident of the town, Sereno graduated from Goffstown High School and served as a security forces officer in the U.S. Air Force from 2001 to 2005. He joined the department in 2006.

He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2011 before becoming a lieutenant in 2014 and captain in 2019.

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