Alton police chief resigns; Heath named as replacement
September 10, 2009
ALTON — Police Chief Phil Smith provided the board of
selectmen during its Sept. 8 meeting with official notice of
his decision to retire on Oct. 1.
Smith, who assumed command of Alton's Police Department in
the fall of 2007, is stepping down after a 25-year career in
law enforcement to accept a position as Atkinson's town
Rather than conduct a full-scale search for Smith's
replacement, the board voted to promote Capt. Ryan Heath
(who currently serves as the department's second-in-command)
as the new chief of police, effective Oct. 1.
Further details will be provided in the Sept. 17 issue of