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Chief to Chef: Charlestown veteran chief leaving for food venture

CHARLESTOWN — Long-time police Chief Edward Smith is hanging up his badge at the end of the year to pursue a culinary venture with his wife.

Smith has served on the Charlestown force for the past 20 years, the past 10 as chief.

"I'm retiring at the end of the month. Prior to my time with Charlestown I spent 15 years in the county correctional system so I've been in law enforcement for 35 years. That's long enough in uniform," Smith said Tuesday.

Instead, Smith and his wife, Laurel, plan to focus on growing their mustard business, Ruth's Hot and Sweet Mustard.

Using a recipe created by Laurel's grandmother, they started making the and jarring the mustard as holiday gifts, but because family and friends loved it so much the couple has started making it commercially out of Neighbor Made Kitchen in Keene — a licensed commercial kitchen geared to specialty food start-ups. They now sell their mustard out of 33 stores in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Last week, the Select Board chose Charlestown Police Cpl. Patrick Connors as Smith's successor. He is to be sworn in as the new chief Dec. 31.

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