New Bow Police chief focused on community

  • Head shot of Bow Chief of Police Kenneth Miller, courtesy of the Town of Bow. Ben Domaingue—Town of Bow

Monitor staff
Published: 12/5/2021 1:00:41 PM
Modified: 12/5/2021 1:00:12 PM

As police chief in the small town of Thornton with 2,500 residents at the foot of the White Mountains, Kenneth Miller worked on partnerships.

“My philosophy has always been building a strong community and police partnership,” said Miller. “When we realized Thornton didn’t have a lot of things to do, we started National Night Out.” 

The year’s night out held in August at Benton’s Sugar Shack Campground included partnerships between and Campton, Thornton and Waterville Valley public safety departments. it featured food, fireworks and the ever-popular police vs. fire tug of war.

In addition, the Thornton Police Department routinely participated in Trunk or Treat, toy and food drives, as well as meal deliveries to seniors. Miller was also instrumental in creating a Community Emergency Response team, a volunteer organization that would be activated in case of disasters and community-wide emergencies.

Now, Miller is the new chief in Bow and he was just the person the town was looking to fill the job.

“We wanted an experienced chief, someone who was community-oriented and did a lot of community policing and involvement,” said Town Manager David Stack.

The town began searching for a new chief after Margaret Lougee stepped down in May amid controversy for failing to file a report of an alleged sexual assault against a student in 2016.

Lougee gave up her police accreditation for two years after the Attorney General determined she violated the reporting requirement of the Child Protection Act. State prosecutors determined they would have “difficulty prevailing at trial” and did not file criminal charges against Lougee.

The town of Bow hired Municipal Resources Inc. to help them find a new chief, which is the same organization that led the town’s investigation into Lougee in 2020.

In addition to Lougee’s departure, the Bow Police Department has had to cope with a tragic accident in September involving its community resource officer, Thomas Oullette. Two of Oullette’s children died in the crash.

“We want to get out to the schools and get our School Resource Officer program restarted,” Miller said.

Prior to coming to New Hampshire, Miller worked at the Brookfield, Conn., and Farmington, Conn., police departments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration and a master’s degree in Justice Studies, while also holding a Terrorism/Homeland Security certificate from Southern New Hampshire University. He comes to Bow with over 22 years of law enforcement experience.

Miller said he plans to apply his 22 years of community-oriented policing experience to Bow through creating public programs and building strong department-community relationships.

One of Miller’s programs during his tenure in Connecticut was starting a mentor program between the middle and high schools, where an officer would be paired with a student with similar interests to play games, chat, and get to know each other.

“We’d meet once a week with students at the school,” said Miller. “When I started, we’d start with them in 6th grade and go with them all throughout high school.”

Miller will be working full-time, making $99,923 a year, according to the Town of Bow’s publicly available pay scale.

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