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.
Police Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt
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 Kenneth Latchaw
Mr. Latchaw grew up on the Seacoast in New Hampshire. He served in the US Navy Submarine Service from 1967 to 1973. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he pursued higher education and graduated from Keene State College (BS) and Colorado State University (M.Ed.). With his degrees in education, he went on to work in public education for over thirty years as a teacher, educational consultant and school administrator until 2005 when he retired from his role as the Director of the Regional Career Technical Director at Dover High School, Dover, N.H. Mr. Latchaw resides in Newington with his wife of forty-two years, Katherine. His sons, Peter and David, also work in the public sector as school principals. Mr. Latchaw is currently on the Board of Directors for the Albacore Maritime Museum. He is also an alternate on the Newington, N.H. PlanningBoard and is serving as a Police Commissioner. Mr. Latchaw spends a great deal of his time in his many gardens, in his shop working on wood projects or riding his motorcycle.