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October 01. 2013 8:43PM

Second Gilford police officer placed on leave with pay

GILFORD — A second police officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay, though town officials aren’t saying whether the two cases are connected.

Holly P. Harris, one of two Gilford police officers designated as a school resource officer in the town school system, was placed on leave in early September, said Lt. James Leach, who is acting chief of the department while Chief Kevin Keenan is on administrative leave.

Asked whether Harris’ leave is related in any way to Keenan’s leave, which took effect on Aug. 29, Leach said, “I’m not sure.”

Town officials, meanwhile, continue to refuse any comment on either officer.

“I can’t comment,” said Town Administrator Scott Dunn.

Harris began her law enforcement career in 2004 with the Belmont Police Department. In August of 2005, she joined the Gilford Police Department as a school resource officer and as a D.A.R.E instructor for students in the Gilford School District.

“Working in classrooms with students has proven to be a highlight of my career. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to help students choose a positive path, during a crucial time in their journey through life,” she wrote on the police department’s website.

Keenan has been with the department for nearly 20 years, having been appointed chief in October of 2011. He has a salary of $83,500.

Leach has been placed in temporary command of the department.

Dunn said the police cruiser Keenan was allowed to drive to and from his home was turned over, but he refused to say if Keenan had turned in his badge and gun.

dseufert@newstote.com


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