- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

EXETER, N.H. (AP) - Exeter Police Chief Richard Kane says he’ll retire next month after 16 years leading the department.

Kane has been with the department nearly 35 years, launching his career in 1981 as a patrolman and animal control officer.

He became a patrol sergeant in 1984 then was promoted to detective sergeant in 1990. He continued to move up the ranks and was named chief in 1999.

He calls it an honor to serve the community.

Kane will officially retire Jan. 8.

Town Manager Russ Dean praised the chief and noted that Exeter is one of the safest towns in the state.

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