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Gilmanton's chief: Who does he work for?

February 20. 2018 11:28PM

Matt Currier hates it when his bosses look over his shoulder.

The Gilmanton police chief is so annoyed at nosy selectmen poking into how he runs his department that he’s gone to court asking for a restraining order. He wants to block a set of 17 directives approved by selectmen in December seeking detailed information.

Selectmen want to see paperwork submitted to the Attorney General’s Office detailing issues that could be used against Gilmanton officers in court. They also want detailed work schedules, including outside work details. The schedules would be anonymized so that select board members should not receive the names of individual officers.

Currier has refused to provide background information, arguing that it could potentially expose confidential information about his officers.

Currier is asking Belknap County Superior Court to intervene in order “to avoid the politicization of the administration of law enforcement in the town.”

Currier is in charge of his department, but he is middle management. Selectmen are accountable to Gilmanton voters. If voters believe their local officials are micromanaging the chief, they should chose new selectmen. Allowing municipal employees to determine which information they want to share with elected officials would be a dangerous precedent.

The operation of the police department is ultimately the responsibility of Gilmanton selectmen.

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