The Board of Police Commissioners serves as the head of the Police Department. A three-member police commission oversees the police department, created in 1987 by the vote of the Newington, New Hampshire town meeting. This board sets overall policy while the Chief of Police manages the day-to-day operations of the department and implements the board’s policies or policy direction and goals. Due in large part to their hard work and dedication, the department has a very low rate of turnover among the full time officers.
Commissioner Hoyt has served two separate terms with the Newington Police Commission. He was first elected to the Commission in 1991 where he served for a three year term, leaving in 1994. Commissioner Hoyt then returned to the Commission in 2002 and we appreciate his willingness to serve once again on the Commission. Commissioner Hoyt and his wife Meredith are long-time residents of the Town of Newington and he is employed full-time at the Newington Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Police Commissioner Steven Prefontaine
Steven Prefontaine and his wife Melissa built a new home in Newington in 2009 and have lived in Newington since. Born in Worcester, Ma and growing up in Cape Neddick, Me., he is a long time resident of the Seacoast area. He is a 1990 graduate of Merrimack College with a B.A in Business Management and a minor in Finance. He has owned and operated several businesses since that time. In 1996, he became a partner at Skaff Cryogenics, Inc and is currently vice president of the company located in Brentwood, NH.
Police Commissioner Brenda Blonigen
Commissioner Blonigen began her law enforcement career in 1980 with the US Air Force. In 1987 Commissioner Blonigen started her civilian law enforcement career as a part-time officer with the Newington Police Department. In 1989 Commissioner Blonigen was hired full time with the Dover NH Police Department where she served until 1995. In 1995 she went to the North Hampton Police Department as a Detective Sergeant and served there until 1997, when she was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department. Commissioner Blonigen was the first female deputy for that department and was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and served there until she retired in 2009. Commissioner Blonigen served with the Air National Guard with a combined service of 34 years where she reached the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, retiring in 2014.