Ch 40 - Police Commission

Ch 40 - Police Commission

Adopted: April 4, 1969

40-1. Establishment.

There shall be a Police Commission for the Town of Conway consisting of three (3) persons elected as hereinafter provided. Said Commissioners shall have been residents of said Town for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of their election and shall not hold nor be candidates for any other political office of the Town of Conway during their term on said commission. For the first election of Police Commissioners here-under, one (1) shall be elected for a term of one (1) year, one (1) for a term of two (2) years and one (1) for a term of three (3) years, and thereafter there shall be elected at each annual meeting one (1) Commissioner for a term of three (3) years. Any vacancy in the Commission shall be filled by appointment by the remaining members of the Commission. Such appointee shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the Town.

40-2. powers and Duties.

  1. The said Police commission shall appoint such police officers, constables and superior officers as it may, in its judgment, deem necessary and fix their compensation.
  2. Said Commissioners shall have full authority to make and enforce all rules and regulations for the government of the police force in the Town of Conway.
  3. Said Commissioners shall have authority to remove any officer at any time for just cause and after due hearing, which cause shall be specified in the order of removal, except that special police officers appointed and designated as such shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission.

40-3. compensation.

The salary for each of said Police Commissioners shall be one hundred dollars ($100) per year.

40-4. Applicability.

From and after the election and qualification of the Police Commissioners hereunder, no police officers or constables shall be appointed or elected in the Town of Conway except under the provisions of this chapter. As of said date, the term of office of any police officers then in office shall expire.

40-5. Referendum.

This chapter shall not take effect unless it is adopted by a majority vote of the legal voters of the Town of Conway at the Annual Town Meeting in March 1970 or at any special meeting called for the purpose prior to said March meeting.< >br/> If a vote is taken at the Annual Town Meeting, the Clerk shall cause to be included on the regular ballot for the election of officers the following question:

"Shall the provisions of an act entitled 'An Act Establishing a Police Commission for the Town of Conway' be adopted?"

Beneath this question shall be printed the word "yes" and the word "no," with a square immediately opposite each such word in which the voter may indicate his choice. If a majority of those present and voting on the question vote in the affirmative on this question, this chapter shall be declared to have been adopted. If a special meeting is called for the consideration of the adoption of this chapter, the Town Clerk shall prepare a special ballot on which shall appear the foregoing question.

If the chapter in question is adopted at such a special meeting, another special meeting may be called for the election of the Police commissioners. In such a case,

  • one (1) Police Commissioner shall be elected for a term to expire the next annual meeting in March 1970,
  • one (1) shall be elected for a term to expire in March 1971 and
  • one (1) shall be elected for a term to expire in March 1972.

If the chapter is adopted at the March 1970 meeting, a special town meeting may be called for the election of Commissioners here-under, and the terms of office of the first Commissioners elected there-under shall expire in March 1971, March 1972 and March 1973.

40.6 When effective.

Section 40-5 shall take effect upon its passage and the remaining provisions shall take effect as herein above provided.
[History: Adopted by the General Court of the State of New Hampshire 4-4-69. Amendments noted where applicable.]