Portsmouth Police Commission listen as labor lawyer discusses new separation agreement.

Oct 5, 2015 9:44 PM

Portsmouth residents, council battle over police chief's resignation


PORTSMOUTH- More than a dozen spoke out at Monday’s Portsmouth City Council meeting, calling for the immediate resignation of the Police Chief Stephen DuBois, who, under a proposed separation agreement, will stay on until the spring.

Residents were frustrated after councilors entered non-public meeting twice to discuss the separation agreement recently approved by the Police Commission.

Some residents want the chief to resign immediately, and are calling for an investigation into his conduct in handling the Geraldine Webber Estate case.

Many spoke in favor of the suggestion to bring in retired Manchester Chief David Mara.

The city’s labor lawyer presented a new agreement, apparently with the support of all three commissioners, to have the chief stay on until January 1st, but receive his salary through the end of March.

The council was unanimous in deciding to wait and let the Commission vote on the agreement Wednesday and allow public input, before they decide whether or not to approve it at their next

Some have spoken out in support of the chief, but none of those supporters attended Monday’s meeting.

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