Police lieutenant tenders resignation

An open letter to all Hollis residents and community members:

It is with mixed emotions that I have tendered my resignation from the Hollis Police Department effective Dec. 20, 2015, after 14 years of service to the town.

This decision comes as a result of accepting an offer to become the chief of police for the city of Lebanon, N.H., effective Dec. 21, 2015.

I want to take this opportunity to thank those within our community for the support that you have given me, and the police department, over the last 14 years. From the moment I arrived in Hollis, I felt the strong sense of community that was present in this town, and I sought to preserve and add to the quality of life that we have enjoyed here. In return, our residents, business owners and community members have shown unwavering support for our mission and programs.

As I move on to the next chapter of my career, I only hope that I am leaving behind a community that is better off because I was here. I also want to thank the Hollis Board of Selectmen for the opportunities they have provided me over the course of my career. The Hollis Police Department enjoys tremendous support from the board, and it has been a pleasure working for them, and with them, to make our community a better place.

In closing, thank you once again for your support and making the town of Hollis a special place to work. I look forward to serving the residents of Lebanon in the same manner that led to my success here in Hollis and hope that I can forge the same quality relationships that I have enjoyed here over the last 14 years.

Richard Mello, Lieutenant, Hollis Police Department