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April 13. 2012 1:15AM

Greenland chief was due to retire next week


Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney is shown in this image taken from the department's website. 

GREENLAND — “The best person I ever hired.”

That's how former Greenland Selectman Bruce Dearborn described Michael Maloney, the man he voted to appoint the town's police chief a dozen years ago. Maloney was killed in a shootout Thursday night.

“Greenland is a small town and you have to have some camaraderie with the people who live in the town,” said Dearborn, who served some 14 years in two different stints on the Board of Selectmen. “He was excellent at communicating with the public.”

Maloney announced earlier this year that he planned to retire as the town's police chief. His last day of duty was to be a week from today, April 20.

Before being appointed chief in Greenland, Maloney had served police departments in other Seacoast communities. He was chief of police in North Hampton before being named chief in Greenland in May 2000. The son of an airline pilot, Maloney began his police career in 1984 as a part-time officer in Rye. He was appointed to a part-time position in North Hampton that same year, and became a full-time police officer the following year. Maloney was promoted to sergeant in 1993 and became interim chief in North Hampton early in 1997 before being named to the permanent chief's position later that year.

Robert Landman, who has served on several North Hampton town boards over the past decade, recalled meeting Maloney socially in town.

“He was a very, very straight-up guy, very nice, very easy to talk to,” Landman said.

It was that style in communicating one-on-one with the people he served that most impressed Dearborn and fellow selectmen when they appointed Maloney.

“I think he had a very good rapport with the townspeople,” Dearborn said. “He probably knew over 50 percent of them personally. It's very important, it gives people faith.”

But Maloney also ran a tight ship at the helm of the department of seven full-time and three part-time officers.

In announcing his decision to step down as chief, Maloney said that he wanted a change in careers. He said he looked forward to a relaxing month fishing and golfing before taking on a new challenge.

Selectman Mo Sodini said Maloney became a grandfather for the first time about a year ago.


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