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Plainfield selects police chief

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/27/2021 3:19:09 AM
Modified: 4/27/2021 3:19:08 AM

PLAINFIELD — Town officials have tapped Plainfield police officer Anthony Swett to take over as police chief, according to Town Administrator Stephen Halleran.

Swett, who’s in his mid-50s, was chosen by the Plainfield Selectboard to take the helm during a meeting last week, Halleran said.

Swett has been serving as the interim chief for the past three months following the resignation of previous chief, Paul Roberts, who stepped down from the position in January after 23 years on the force.

“(The board) wanted Tony to have the opportunity to see how the job fit him,” Halleran said of the board’s decision to have Swett serve as interim chief for a few months before offering him the permanent position.

Halleran said the town has not decided on a salary for Swett yet, but that the Plainfield police chief is typically paid between $82,000 and $85,000 a year.

A call to Swett for comment on the promotion was not returned Monday.

Swett previously worked as an officer for the department near the beginning of his career before leaving to take a job with the Lyme Police Department.

He returned to the Plainfield department around five years ago, Halleran said.

One of the benefits to appointing Swett is his close connection to the community of Plainfield, where he has lived for years, Halleran said.

“In small towns….the chief has to be very active out in the field,” Halleran said, “We think Tony fits that just right. He lives here in town, he’s quick to respond to calls.”

Halleran added that it’s a boon to have a local police officer and community member, rather than a state trooper, respond to incidents in such a small town.

“We’re excited to promote from within the department. It’s going to be great to have Tony as chief,” he said.

Anna Merriman can be reached at or 603-727-3216.

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