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M'boro swears in new police chief



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Moultonboro Police Chief Tom Dawson has his stars pinned on him by his daughter Zoe, age 9, and his son Chance, age 6. Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
September 23, 2009
MOULTONBORO—After an extensive search process, Moultonboro chose one of its own police personnel as the new police chief.

On Thursday, the Board of Selectmen announced that Thomas Dawson, lieutenant for the Moultonboro Police Department, had been appointed as the new chief.

In February, Chief Scott Kinmond announced he intended to retire from the force if winning the position of Road Agent. Kinmond was elected to the position in March and later announced his resignation effective in September.

A five-member committee, including three law enforcement professionals, the town administrator, and one citizen at large from the town chose Dawson after a nationwide search. The committee examined 44 applications and took part in a rigorous screening and interview process.

"The screening panel made our job difficult by providing us with high quality candidates who all would have made a good police chief for our community," said Board Chair Karel Crawford in a statement.

Dawson was previously a lieutenant with the Moultonboro Police Department, also acting as the executive officer, supervising the Investigation Bureau, the School Resource Officer, and the First Line Supervisors.

Dawson is a Moultonboro resident and has been in the police service for 13 years. He is a graduate of New Hampshire Technical College with an Associates of Applied Science in accounting. Dawson completed his basic police training at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training in Concord.

Dawson has also received Letters of Commendation on separate occasions for taking an active role in life-saving events.

Dawson applied for the position shortly after it was first advertised.

"(I) really feel that Chief Kinmond was a great mentor for me the last few years of his career," Dawson said. "I was ready for the job."

On Aug. 21, Dawson was given a conditional offer of employment for the chief position.

"In the end Lt. Dawson made our job easy with his understanding of small town policing and his proven professionalism and performance for our community," Crawford said in a statement. "The Selectmen are confident that they will see the department continue to grow and flourish under his leadership."

"It was a long, hard process," Dawson said. "All that hard work that I put in it was a sense of really knowing I put my best foot forward."

Board Chair Crawford swore Dawson into his new position. Dawson's wife Jill pinned his badge on and his children Zoe, 9, and Chance, 6, pinned on his stars.

"I just want to say how honored and humbled I am by this appointment," Dawson said after being sworn in.

Dawson thanked his family, especially three of his uncles who were sources of strong support and influence.

Jill Dawson said she was "just very, very, very proud." The children "they're excited, they're proud, they're happy for him. My son is excited that he gets to move to a different office."

Kinmond said Dawson was his recommendation to the Board of Selectmen.

"I'm really glad to see the process proved me right," Kinmond said. "He has done an excellent job for me."

Kinmond said he has been working with Dawson for the past 13 years and he was happy to see him move up in the ranks.

"If in fact he needs somebody to reach out to, he and I have a good friendship to do that," Kinmond said.

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