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Out with the old, in with the new

Plymouth selectmen bid farewell to former police chief, welcome successor

Steve Temperino receives a plaque from the Plymouth Board of Selectmen for his outstanding service and dedication to the community as Chief of Police. (Ashley Finethy) (click for larger version)
February 29, 2012
PLYMOUTH— On Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., the Plymouth Board of Selectmen met at the Plymouth Town Hall with some very special orders of business on the agenda for the evening.

To a meeting room packed full of community members, family members and members of the Plymouth Police Department, the board presented former Police Chief Steve Temperino with a plaque for his years of service, starting as a police officer in 1987.

"During his 10 years (as Chief of Police), Steve's outstanding leadership, judgment and strength of character has earned the respect of all," said board Chair Valerie Scarborough. "He has demonstrated his commitment to law enforcement, and to the safety of Plymouth citizens."

Scarborough also talked about the improvements that Temperino helped make to the police department throughout his time as Chief.

"Steve effectively managed the police department's personnel, training and budget, and he upgraded the conditions at the police station to improve safety, habitability, work flow and energy efficiency," said Scarborough. "He has been relentless in his pursuit of grants to offset costs to the tax payers."

Steve Lafebvre shares a special moment as his parents pin stars onto his collar after being sworn in as Plymouth’s new Chief of Police. (Ashley Finethy) (click for larger version)
Though Temperino will still be living in Plymouth, he will be working in Concord with the Department of Homeland Security, and the board wishes him the best of luck.

"Chief Temeperino's impact on the town of Plymouth will be long-lasting, and while he will be missed here, we are all confident he will succeed in his new position, where he will serve both our town and our state," said Scarborough. "To use a Marine Corps expression, we wish you fair winds and following seas."

As the board bid farewell to one Steve, they welcomed another as the new Chief of Police. Steve Lafebvre was sworn in as the new Chief of Police.

"Steve Lafebvre is a leader, manager and law enforcement professional in whom we place our complete trust and confidence in to carry out the duties of Plymouth Police Chief," said Scarborough.

Lafebvre appeared to be more than up to the challenge of stepping into the role of Police Chief as he expressed his gratitude and excitement to the pack room.

"I just really want to thank this board and prior boards for really preparing me and giving me all of the tools, education and knowledge I need to be prepared for this position, and it means a lot to me to be the Police Chief this community deserves," said Lafebvre. "I want to thank everybody in the community for 18 years. You always supported me, and you make it a really great place to work, and because of that, you have really given me one of the greatest gifts I have ever gotten and that is a job that I absolutely love."

After recognitions and appointments, the board carried on to discuss other business, approving a new purchase order of $4,439.52 for North Country Council's annual dues. The board also met with neighboring town Groton's Select Board to discuss the Perambulation of town lines.

"We are looking to more closely follow the statutory requirements," said Chairman of the Gorton Select Board Miles Sinclair. "We would like to re-do all of our town lines with GPS points to that every seven years you don't have to have it professionally done."

According to Groton records, Sinclair found the last time the town line was surveyed was in 1998. The Plymouth Board of Selectmen were skeptical that this was something that needed to be done every seven years, if in 1998 there were GPS points given to the town line.

"I am wondering how relevant this every seven years is with all this new technology," said board member Mike Conklin.

Sinclair sensed the board's hesitation to verify the town border, and assured the board that Groton would have it done, regardless of Plymouth's corporation.

"I am looking to do this the way the statute required, and go through the motions," said Sinclair. "If not, we will do it ourselves, without you people."

The board decided to review the perambulation from 1998 and discuss it at a future meeting.

"We need a chance to look at this," said Scarborough.

The next Board of Selectmen's meeting will be on March 12 at 6 p.m., with a work session beginning at 5 p.m.

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