Dublin police chief to retire, manage ranch in Montana
After more than two decades on the Dublin Police Department, Chief James Letourneau says it’s time to hand in his badge. (MEGHAN PIERCE PHOTO)
Letourneau grew up in Rindge, but his mother was originally from Dublin.
“It was exciting and it was fresh and I went after it, never looking back,” Letourneau said. “It wasn’t something I was actually looking for, but the qualifications fit me.”
With Zachary graduating from ConVal High School in Peterborough next spring, Jim and Becky asked the children where they would like to go this summer.
The teenagers decided on a dude ranch.
After some research Letourneau found Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch in McLeod, Montana.
“It’s rustic and clean, but it certainly gives you that western feel,” Letourneau said. “Everything about it was just great. They have a way of giving you an experience and making you feel at home.”
He plans to split his time between Dublin and the ranch and will hire staff, oversee 10 employees, take reservations and mingle with guests among numerous other duties.
While his new job will be fun and exciting, he said, it will be far from retirement.
Charlie Champagne chairman of the Dublin Board of Selectmen, said Letourneau will be “sorely missed,” but his departure is not unexpected.
Not only was he great at police work, but he has been so involved in the town and community, Champagne said.
Letourneau has also agreed to stay on part time if the town hasn’t hired a new chief before the end of the year, Champagne said.
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