New Hampshire Municipal Association
New Hampshire Municipal Association

Police Chief (Part-time)

Town of Atkinson

The Atkinson Police Department is currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced Police Executive to fill the position of Police Chief in our organization.

About the Town and Police Department:

Atkinson is conveniently located 45 minutes from Boston, 35 minutes from Manchester, and 40 minutes from Portsmouth and the Maine border. Drive time to the beach is 30 minutes. The Town of Atkinson consists of 11.1 square miles with a 2010 census reporting the population at 6,751.

The Police Department consists of 16 sworn officers (6 full time and 10 part time), 2 civilian dispatchers.  Officers respond to approximately 7,000 calls for service while averaging 90 arrests and over 400 reportable incidents per year.  The Atkinson Police Department is a progressive, professional law enforcement agency dedicated to providing superior service to our community.

Eligibility Requirements:

•          Master’s Degree preferred but minimum requirement of a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement or related field.

  • Must be at least part-time police certified through N.H. Standards & Training, or obtain certification within six (6) months.

  • Experience as Police Chief, Deputy Police Chief, Captain or Lieutenant preferred and a minimum of 15 years’ experience as a full-time Police Officer.

•          Applicants must be able to successfully complete an extensive background investigation, medical, psychological and polygraph examination.

•          Applicants employment history must include no sustained disciplinary suspensions in last ten (10) years and candidate shall not be on the Laurie List.

•          Applicants must be willing to perform duties and responsibilities of a working Police Chief.

•          Applicants must possess a current driver’s license in good standing.

  • Residency in Atkinson not required but must live within 30 minutes of the town.

  • Part-time position (32 hours per week).

  • Chief reports to Board of Selectmen.

  • Mid-June 2018 start date with one-month transition with present Chief expected.


Salary range $75,000 -$80,000

Annual benefits to include 20 vacation days, 5 paid sick days, 5 paid personal days and 12 holidays

Personal use of unmarked cruiser

Health/dental insurance not offered for part-time position

Accumulation of compensatory time allowed

Application Process:

Candidates who meet the qualifications wishing to apply should send a letter of interest and resume to Integrity Testing, LLC @ 1215 Main Street, (Unit #103) Tewksbury, MA 01876 no later than 4 pm on April 13th, 2018.  Successful applicants may be required to participate in a vetting process which may include written interrogatories, phone interview and participation in an Oral Board interview with Selection Committee and/or Board of Selectmen. 

Send all other inquires to; or call (978 836-9220). Complete Job Description will be forward to all candidates upon application submission.                                              

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The Atkinson Police Department is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on.age, race, color, religion, sexual preference, national origin or disability, and encourages minorities and females to apply.


Salary: 75,000 to 80,000

Closing Date: April 13, 2018