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Robert Browne Browne greets well-wishers at his swearing in ceremony Monday evening Julie Hanson 

Browne sworn in as new Goffstown police chief

GOFFSTOWN — Capt. Robert Browne was sworn in as Goffstown’s new police chief after nearly two decades with the force.

Friends, family and colleagues attended the swearing in ceremony held before the selectmen’s meeting at St. Anselm’s Institute of Politics Monday evening. Officials felt the venue was appropriate because Browne graduated from the college in 1995.

Browne started as a patrol officer with the Goffstown Police Department after graduation and through the years has served a detective, lieutenant, and most recently captain. He replaces former Chief Patrick Sullivan, who retired from his full-time position in January after 31 years of service.

Sullivan stayed on part-time until a replacement was found. Town Administrator Susan Desruisseaux said the Browne was chosen for the position after an extensive search that narrowed the field to three candidates.

“Any of the three were qualified but the selectmen felt that Rob was the best fit,” Desruisseaux said.

Former Goffstown Police Chief Steve Monier, who hired Browne for the Goffstown police force, said choosing Browne as chief was the best decision for the agency and the community.

“He was just an outstanding, exceptional police officer who I knew was going to rise up through the ranks and he did,” Monier said. “I’m very proud.”

Browne said he was humbled by the outpouring of support and thanked everyone for their contributions to his success.

“It’s very rewarding to know everything I’ve worked hard for has come to fruition,” Browne said.

Goffstown has a strong force that works well together, Browne said, and he’s in no hurry to usher in change for the sake of change. Instead he will take an inventory of current conditions and move forward slowly in the best interest of the department.

“We have a phenomenal history here in Goffstown, and I want to make sure we maintain that heritage,” Browne said.

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