As police, fire chiefs retire, no replacement hires planned in Barnstead
And town officials are wondering if it might be better that way.
Police Chief Ken Borgia retired on Dec. 31. Fire Chief Mark Tetreault is retiring at the end of this month.
"We aren't in any rush to replace them at the moment," Kerr said of the chiefs. "Both retired with less than a month's notice. We may take this opportunity to find out if we really need full-time chiefs."
Town officials also want to investigate having a regionalized fire department, which would eliminate the need for a fire chief.
The town needs to take advantage of this moment, he said.
"The time is going to come when all the towns will realize we can't afford fire chiefs and police chiefs," Kerr said.
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