HB 1234 – AS INTRODUCED

2014 SESSION

14-2211

03/06

HOUSE BILL 1234

AN ACT relative to municipal contracts for police chief.

SPONSORS: Rep. Bickford, Straf 3

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

ANALYSIS

This bill allows selectmen to designate a police chief by contract for a fixed term.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

14-2211

03/06

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fourteen

AN ACT relative to municipal contracts for police chief.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Police Officers; Appointment. Amend RSA 105:1 to read as follows:

105:1 Appointment. The selectmen of a town, when they deem it necessary, may appoint special police officers who shall continue in office during the pleasure of the selectmen, or until their successors are chosen or appointed. The selectmen may designate one of the police officers as chief of police or superintendent and as such officer the chief of police or superintendent shall exercise authority over and supervise or superintend other police officers, police matrons, watchmen, or constables appointed under the provisions of this chapter, and said police officers, police matrons, watchmen, or constables shall be accountable and responsible to said chief of police or superintendent. The designation as chief of police by the selectmen may be in the form of a contract specifying that the authority of the designee ceases on the date stated in the contract, regardless of whether a successor has been designated. Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude or prevent a town from electing constables or police officers at an annual town meeting pursuant to the provisions of RSA 41:47.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.