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Gilford police chief, officer cited for alleged affair


GILFORD — Police Chief Kevin Keenan and Holly Harris, one of the police department’s student resource officers, are being investigated by the town relative to an alleged affair, the New Hampshire Union Leader has confirmed. The two have both been placed on paid leave.

The town became aware of the situation over the past several weeks.

“It’s different when an officer has an affair with another officer. This is a chief of police having an affair with another officer, and the other officer is somebody we trust with our students every day,” said a source who didn’t wish to be named because of his involvement with the law enforcement community.

“We expect a higher level of quality from our police chief,” said the source. “This had to be investigated. Personally, he may be a very good person, but he’s been engaging in activities that are not compatible with his profession.”

Chief Keenan, who did not return calls for comment Wednesday, was put on leave Aug. 29, according to the acting police chief, Lt. James Leach. Officer Harris was put on leave a few days after. She could not be reached for comment.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn would not comment on the investigation.

Both individuals have attorneys to represent them in the investigation, which sources say is expected to be completed next week.

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

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

dseufert@newstote.com

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