After nine years as Goffstown's Police Chief, Mike French is retiring, effective March 31, 2008. French announced his retirement in January of this year.
The Goffstown Residents Association would like to thank Chief French for his hard work and dedication in working towards to the betterment and protection of our community over the last 34 years.
During his time with the department, French was instrumental in getting it accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. He also had a hand in getting the Community Emergency Response Team, known as CERT, going in town, and was instrumental in guiding town-wide relief and emergency efforts during the floods of 2006 and 2007.
Farewell, Chief French, and thank you for your service to our community.
French is being replaced by Lt. Pat Sullivan, effective April 1st. Sullivan, 48, has been with the department since 1982 and is currently a police lieutenant. During his first two years, he worked as a special police officer, becoming a patrol officer in 1984. His assignments included detective work, crime prevention and juveniles. He also was an undercover agent in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2004.
Prior to joining the department, Sullivan was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1977 to 1981.
After becoming a sergeant in 2004, Sullivan supervised patrol operations and developed an active shooter training program. As a lieutenant in the department, he is currently in charge of the patrol and detective divisions and oversees the field training program for new officers.
"He's a very experienced veteran law enforcement officer who has spent his entire law enforcement career in Goffstown, an individual who has embraced the community policing concepts that have been put in place in Goffstown, who, in my opinion, will also do a very fine job as the leader of an accredited law enforcement agency," French is quoted as saying in the NH Union Leader.
Sullivan and his wife of 23 years, Joyce, have two children, Casey and Holly.