Jul 13, 2016 2:04 PM

Canterbury hires new police chief 2 weeks after ex-chief aquitted of sexual assault

The Associated Press

CANTERBURY — The town has hired a new police chief two weeks after its former chief was acquitted of sexual assault charges.

Lt. Michael Labrecque, who worked in Hooksett, will assume the post beginning Aug. 1, according to The Concord Monitor

Former Chief John LaRoche formally resigned in January. The Merrimack County Sheriff's Office assisted Canterbury police in their search for a new chief.

Town Administrator Ken Folsom says Labrecque is a good fit, and he's confident that his arrival will bring a fresh start for the department.

Labrecque will earn an annual salary of $54,000 for a 32-hour work week. He previously worked for the Bow Police Department and the state Department of Corrections.

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