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Jan 11, 2017 2:28 PM

Ex-Tamworth police chief refuses to return to work after selectmen reinstate her

TAMWORTH — Former Tamworth Police Chief Penny Colby denied selectmen after they tried to reinstate her days before a wrongful termination lawsuit hearing was scheduled.

Colby, 40, of Albany, was fired on Sept. 24 and rehired on Jan. 5 after a motion was read to reverse their vote to fire her. She allegedly refused to be reinstated because of the negative feelings that came out against her within the town, according to the Union Leader.

She had filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Tamworth in October. A hearing for the suit was canceled due to the suit's out-of-court settlement.

Colby served Tamworth since 2008, but faced criticism that she wasn't responding to enough calls, lived too far from town and was not a presence in the town, The Conway Daily Sun reported.

She is a career police officer who was hired as a full-time officer in Tamworth in 2008. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2010, and when former Police Chief Dan Poirier resigned in February, she was named police chief.

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