Gilford police chief says relationship was no reason to dismiss him
Keenan had been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 28, when an investigation began into an alleged relationship with Student Resource Officer Holly Harris. He had been with the department for nearly 20 years; he was appointed chief in October 2011.
"I never said that she was not working, but I can confirm to you that she is working now," Dunn said prior to Wednesday night's meeting.
"It is with tremendous regret that I tender my resignation," Keenan said in a statement that he read to selectmen.
Keenan said he made selectmen aware of the relationship. He said Selectman Gus Benevides claimed to be supportive of him. He understood that there would be an investigation from an independent group that the town often uses as a third-party consultant.
He said if the town accused him of adultery, "if charged, I'd defend it."
He said the town informed him late Wednesday afternoon that he was going to be "terminated for just cause" if he did not resign from his $83,500-a-year position.
"I'm not telling any person in the town of Gilford, New Hampshire, how to feel about my relationship," he said. "But I have a problem with anyone who thinks it should have been the cause of my dismissal."