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Sheriff's captain resigning position effective Nov. 15

CAPT. DAVID MEYERS was honored at N.H. Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year at the New Hampshire Association of Counties annual conference on Oct. 24. Meyers will be resigning from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 15 “to pursue other opportunities” instead of retiring on Dec. 1, according to County Sheriff Chris Conley. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
November 10, 2011
OSSIPEE— "Sometimes the best practices are seen as cold," said Carroll County Sheriff Christopher Conley when asked about the sudden departure of his second-in-command Capt. David Meyers.

Conley had announced months ago that Meyers would be retiring Dec. 1. He said in an interview this past Tuesday that the date had been moved up to Nov. 15 and that Meyers would not be retiring but instead would be resigning to pursue other opportunities. Conley said it was Meyers' choice to resign rather than retire. When asked why Meyers' chose this route, Conley said Meyers' would be the best one to answer that question but indicated that recently voted changes to the state retirement system might be part of the reason.

Conley said some people might view Meyers' apparent departure on Nov. 2 as an adverse action but it is really not uncommon, especially in the world of Information Technology (IT). Since Meyers made the announcement he was leaving his employment with the sheriff's department, Conley said he has been working with the county's computer maintenance contractor, Cybertron, to educate them on the intricacies of the sheriff department/dispatch center computer system. It is a system that Meyers built and has maintained solely through the years. Handing complete control over to Cybertron happened two weeks prior to Meyers' resignation date rather than waiting until Nov. 15, said Conley.

Conley said that the decision when to take all responsibility and access from the person currently responsible for IT and transfer it to the new person or company must be carefully planned.

Despite rumors to the contrary that Meyers had been placed on administrative leave and had turned in all of his issued equipment, Conley said those rumors are not true and Meyers is continuing to work for the sheriff's department until Nov. 15.

"The captain is in a fine situation with the sheriff's department and always has been," said Conley.

Meyers has been with the sheriff's department for 12 years. Last month he was awarded the N.H. Sheriff Employee of the Year. Conley nominated Meyers, pointing out that Meyers had been instrumental in the formation and continuing success of NH Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Conley called Meyers a "leader in that field" and "all fields having to do with information technology." Meyers continues to "bring this office forward with sound leadership and commitment to the employees of Carroll County," read the nomination letter written by Conley.

Three calls to the county attorney for information regarding the circumstances of Meyers departure were not returned. County Commissioner David Sorensen declined to comment, citing the private, non-public nature of employment law.

Conley's version of the events leading up to Meyers' departure indicates it was an amicable and customary separation. Since the interview, however, it has been confirmed that an officer with Wolfeboro Police Department served a no trespassing order to Conley, a Wolfeboro resident. The action was requested by Meyers, a Tuftonboro resident, in an effort to prevent Conley from being on his private property.

No further details were available at press time.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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