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Sandwich swears in new police chief

Kyla Wyman gives a pin to her father. Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
December 23, 2009
SANDWICH — The police chief's badge was pinned on a 10-year member of Sandwich's department before a crowd of supporters.

Douglas Wyman Jr. was sworn in as Sandwich's new police chief on Monday, taking the place of retiring Chief Richard Young.

Friends, family, and town officials came out for the swearing in as did police from Sandwich, Moultonboro, Meredith, and members of the New Hampshire State Police.

Wyman was sworn in by Town Clerk Sharon Teel. His father Douglas Wyman Sr. pinned on his badge and his children Kyla and Douglas III put on his pins.

Wyman's wife Carol and his brother Christopher, a state fire marshal, were also there to support him.

"It's truly an honor to be your chief of police," Wyman said. "I look forward to serving you as your chief of police and I'm here for the long haul."

Wyman named his father as one of his greatest influences. Douglas Wyman Sr. was a member of the Concord Police for 23 years and retired as a Sergeant. He then served with the U.S. Marshals in Concord for 17 years before retiring this year.

Another influence was retiring Chief Young.

"We've worked together since 1993," Wyman said. "He's served as my sergeant, as my chief twice. He's been a great mentor and a great friend. Thank you."

Young recommended Wyman to the selectmen after announcing his retirement in September.

"Couldn't be more proud of him," Young said. "He's absolutely the right fit for the community. He's a friendly, fair and reasonable, popular, approachable. He's the man. He's worked hard to get where he is."

The youngest Doug Wyman had his own thoughts on his father being police chief.

"It's awesome," he said.

After Young's recommendation, then Sgt. Wyman was interviewed by the Board of Selectmen.

The selectmen were pleased with Wyman's skills and voted unanimously for him to become chief after Young's retirement in December.

Wyman lives in Moultonboro and as of March of 2010 will have been with the Sandwich Police for about 10 years.

"Sandwich is a unique town, it's a little well-kept treasure," Wyman said. "Having the position of Chief of Police is an honor. I've enjoyed my time here." He also thanked the people of the town. "We do what we do and we're able to do it because of them."

Shawn Varney will be sworn in as the new Police Sergeant next Monday.

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