84 apply for Portsmouth police chief's job


PORTSMOUTH — The town has received 84 applications for the position of police chief, Town Administrator John Klimm told the Town Council Monday night.

The council has been without a permanent police chief since the retirement of Lance Hebert last December. Major Jeffrey Furtado, retired deputy police chief, has been serving as interim chief since then. The deadline for submitting applications for the chief's job was Aug. 1.

“Our plan is to have a nominee before this council by the second meeting of September," Mr. Klimm said.

The 84 applicants include 14 from Rhode Island, six from Massachusetts and six  from Connecticut, Mr. Klimm said.

After the meeting, Mr. Klimm said he didn’t know how many applicants — if any — are from Portsmouth.

“I haven’t seen them, but from what our consultants are telling us, it’s a very strong field," he said.

The police chief will lead 33 officers and two civilian employees in a department that has a budget of about $4.8 million.

Praise for police

Also Monday night, Mr. Klimm said he met recently with Col. Steven O'Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State, to talk about the recent Amber Alert case in Portsmouth.

It's alleged that on July 24, Daniel Berger, 27, of Haskell, N.J.,  traveled to Rhode Island to meet with a 13-year-old Portsmouth girl he befriended on the internet. He allegedly transported the girl to his residence in Haskell with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He is now being prosecuted under a federal indictment.

“(Col. O'Donnell) was very complimentary regarding our police department, in particular the chief and deputy chief," said Mr. Klimm.


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Did the Col. comment that the "deputy chief" left during the height of the emergency to attend a softball game? Don't worry everyone else stepped up. The truth is coming soon. The taxpayers deserve to know the truth. Numbers won't lie and neither will documents. Mr. Klimm's agenda will be known soon.

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Brian thanks for the additional insight. Amazing that Mr. Klimm knows how many candidates are from each state but not how many come from within? When you lie all the time it has to be difficult to keep them all straight. Maybe some taxpayers should request the details of the two interim employees. Maybe people should see the money that was added to their pensions when they were acting prior to interim, it sure does get confusing. The lies of the savings from the fire department, etc. Do the taxpayers know the tens of thousands being spent on attorneys? Good police officers are being used as pawns for a personal game because of his ego. I give him credit he puts on a good public face. But in this game when the blocks finally start to fall I hope I can hear someone yelling JENGA!

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