Sgt. Ed Samson III of the Whitefield Police Department has been promoted to serve as the next Police Chief and will be sworn in later this month. (click for larger version)
July 18, 2012WHITEFIELD — The Whitefield selectmen voted unanimously, 3 to 0, at a special meeting on Thursday night to promote Sgt. Ed Samson III of Whitefield to be their next Chief of Police.
"I'm honored to be the next Police Chief and to lead the Department as it begins its next chapter," Samson said in a Friday afternoon telephone interview. "I'm also very grateful and gratified by the overwhelming support from townspeople and community members in the days that led up to the selectmen's decision."
Samson is a 1998 WMRHS graduate. The 32-year-old son of former Lancaster Police Chief Ed Samson Jr. who is now the Lancaster town manager, the newly appointed chief earned his associate's degree in criminal justice at NHTI in Concord and graduated in 2001 from the state's 126th Police Academy. While in college he worked part-time as a police officer in the Northfield Police Department, and then worked full-time as a police officer, first in Lincoln and then in Ashland.
He and his then-fiancée, Kelli Pike of Gorham, decided that, once married, they would move back above the Notches, and Samson worked for the Littleton Police Department for nearly four years.
He and Kelli now have two pre-school sons.
Over four years ago on May 1, 2008, Samson was sworn in as sergeant of the Whitefield Police Department, where he also serves as prosecutor.
Selectman Duane Hall said that the board is delighted that Samson is eager to serve as police chief and anticipates a smooth transition. The board expects to advertise to hire another police officer to fill the vacancy.
Lancaster Police Chief William "Bill" Colborn who served as Samson's immediate supervisor for the past several years said, "I truly believe that the town of Whitefield is fortunate to have hired Ed for their new chief. He is the most professional young man I have had the pleasure of working with; there is not a better person for the job."
Unlike his predecessor, Samson will not serve as the town's health officer. His salary will be approximately $60,000.