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Lebanon's new police chief has been with department since 1987
"I'm proud to have Gary, with his years of leadership and excellence on the force, step in to this most important role for Lebanon," Lewis said. "I thank him on behalf of the city for taking on the responsibilities of police chief."
Though the city advertised for a new chief immediately, Smith said Monday he did not initially apply for the position because he had worked behind the scenes for so long in the department and did not know if he was up for the public role a police chief must fill.
After gaining some experience as interim chief, making public representations and dealing with other city officials, Smith said he felt he was up for the task and applied for the position. "Having done it, I see that I have the capacity for it."
Smith said he grew up in East Boston and was drawn to the Upper Valley region because of the police job opportunity.
Through the years, he advanced through the ranks, holding positions as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain before being named deputy police chief. He has held all supervisory positions available within the department, Lewis said.
In March 2004, he was named to the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Smith is a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the New Hampshire Police Association.
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