Goffstown police chief announces retirement plans
GOFFSTOWN — After 31 years of service, Police Chief Patrick Sullivan recently announced his retirement from the department effective Jan. 5, but he will not be resting on his laurels as he will now serve as executive director of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.
“After 31 years it’s time to move on,” he said. “It was an opportunity put before me and I thought it was a very good opportunity.”
He began with the Goffstown Police Department in 1982 as a part-time officer, became a full-time patrolman in 1984, moved up the ranks and was named chief in 2008. He also served on the Attorney General’s office Drug Task Force for two years.
He said he has accomplished all he has set out to do for the community, except not being able to convince the Board of Selectmen that a full-time officer is needed to replace the one position lost to the economy in 2008, but he has no regrets.
He has maintained the department’s accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, which began during Chief Stephen Monier’s tenure, he said. CALEA establishes standards to prevent and control crime, increase agency effectiveness, efficiency cooperation and citizen confidence. CALEA monitors the department’s compliance every three years.
Fire Chief Richard O’Brien said Sullivan has been great to work with and has genuinely been an asset to the community.
“If you work within the public service realm for 31 years you leave a legacy of dedication and service and that’s something everyone strives for. Chief Sullivan is one of those servants,” said O’Brien. “He’s been very pleasant to work with and it’s good to see someone have a healthy career and go out on top.”
O’Brien and Sullivan have also worked closely to promote and fulfill the emergency management needs of the town.
“It’s a huge undertaking during disaster, ice storms and flooding to coordinate all those efforts, and it’s that collaboration between fire and police that makes it happen. Hopefully, his successor will be of the same mold,” said O’Brien.
When the Board of Selectmen announced Sullivan’s retirement on Nov. 4, he received a standing ovation.
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, who also serves Goffstown, said he is sorry to see Sullivan leave.
“My heartiest congratulations to the chief for his 31 years of great service to the community. He has been a great friend and a wonderful law enforcement official. He’s done wonderful things for this community; 31 years is a long time,”said D’Allesandro.
Among Sullivan’s accomplishments, he said, has been providing updated technology such as i-Neighbors, a service that allows officers to get information directly to individual neighborhoods within the community; the use of Nixel, an e-mail and phone alert system; and improving the department’s website.
Outreach to the community has also been a focus, and officers take part in the department’s annual open house and Halloween events, and more.
“I think the dedication of the people who work here, the police, staff and dispatchers, there’s a concern that runs deep for the community,” Sullivan said.