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December 4, 2013

Atkinson chief is leaving town

Caggiano says decision to conduct search was 'disheartening'

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He has worked in Atkinson since 2011. Prior to that, he worked in Plaistow since 1988.

“For the first time, I made a choice which was beneficial to myself and to my family, rather than what was beneficial to my career,” Caggiano said. “It’s win-win for me. I will make more money, have a better commute and this is more conducive to my family.”

Caggiano’s salary was $66,000.

Selectman William Baldwin, who’s also a Plaistow police lieutenant, said he was still trying to come to terms with Caggiano’s resignation yesterday.

“I’m just still trying to wrap my hands around it,” he said. “He’s done very hard work for the town.”

Innes said he sent a letter to selectmen yesterday, asking how they want to move forward.

“The search for a new police chief had been on hold as we dealt with the budget,” he said. “It’s up to them to determine when they want to start the search again.”

Caggiano worked full time in Atkinson, sharing duties as sergeant and acting police chief.

The chief’s job has been part time, but selectmen voted to make it a full-time position in next year’s budget. The full-time salary has not been determined.

In October, Innes had said he hoped to appoint a full-time police chief after Town Meeting in March. But Caggiano didn’t want to wait that long.

“I determined that I wasn’t going to put all my eggs in one basket,” he said. “I didn’t want to put my family on the back burner.”

The next step for the town will be naming a new acting chief.

“There are alternatives,” Innes said. “Our expectation is that people in the department will be able to do that.”

Caggiano said he would not recommend a successor.

“My suggestion would have been me,” he said. “But they didn’t go along with me.”

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