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Allenstown police chief tapped as next town administrator

Allenstown police Chief Shaun Mulholland will become the town’s permanent town administrator in August, the board of selectmen announced this week.

Mulholland has been filling in as an interim administrator since the departure of Paul Apple in January. Apple, who had served in the position for three years, left for an administrative position in North Hampton.

Mulholland will continue acting in both rolls until Aug. 1, though he said most day-to-day police tasks are being handled by Lt. Paul Paquette. The board has yet to select a new police chief, but they could do so as early as Monday evening, Mulholland said.

A native of Raymond, Mulholland, 44, has worked as a police officer in Allenstown for 18 years. But his educational background is in public administration; he has a master’s degree in it.

“This is what I went to school to do,” he said. “This position came open at a fortuitous time. I took advantage of it.”

Mulholland said he has several goals for his new position, most centering on “efficiency issues.” He wants to improve the town office’s communication with the public (note the launch this week of a new town website) and chip away at an ever-ballooning budget.

“Taxes are high and costs continue to grow,” he said. “We have to find a way to provide services at a more affordable rate.”

Mulholland acknowledged that he will miss law enforcement. He said he’s proud of the work he’d done as police chief and of the growth the department had undergone during his tenure, including a 14 percent reduction in crime in 2011.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319,
jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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