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Gilford has spent $14,683 in legal fees on police probe

Union Leader Correspondent

November 05. 2013 6:42PM

GILFORD — Town Administrator Scott Dunn said that the town has spent $14,683 on legal fees “on a police department personnel matter.”

The matter is an ongoing investigation into what independent sources have confirmed is a town investigation of an alleged affair between Police Chief Kevin Keenan and Holly Harris, one of the police department’s student resource officers.

Town officials have only confirmed that both been placed on paid leave. Keenan was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 28. Harris was put on paid administrative leave in mid-September.

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

Lt. James Leach was named acting chief.

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

She is reportedly making approximately $24 an hour.

The town became aware of the situation in early September and began its investigation then, sources said.

Keenan and Harris could not be reached for comment.

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