Lt. Deware sworn in as Lyndeborough police chief

LYNDEBOROUGH – On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Lt. Rainsford Deware was sworn in as the town’s new chief of police by Lyndeborough Town Clerk Trish Schultz.

He is the first chief since 2007 when voters abolished the position and opted for an officer-in-charge format instead.

The brief ceremony was moved to the upstairs at Citizen’s Hall when the downstairs meeting room got too full.

About 50 people were present, including members of several surrounding police departments and emergency personnel.

Following the swearing in, Deware’s wife, Lisa, presented his chief’s badge and his lieutenant’s bar was replaced by a single star, presented by Selectmen Kevin Boette and Arnold Byam.

Among those present were Deware’s two children, Katrina and Matthew, his mother who had flown in from Florida for the event, and other family members.

Boette expressed the hope that Deware would bring “stability to the department.”

Guests were then invited to return to downstairs and enjoy a variety of refreshments and socialize.

Deware has been with the Lyndeborough Police Department since October 2011 and officer-in-charge since last year. His new position is part-time, 32 hours per week and pays $54,000 a year without benefits.

Deware is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College with a degree in management and holds a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. He lives in Milford.