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John Yurcak (Nashua PD)

John Yurcak has been a police officer with the Nashua, New Hampshire Police Department since 1995.  He is currently assigned as a Sergeant in the Uniform Field Operations Bureau.  His past assignments have included the Domestic Violence Unit and as a detective in the Youth Services Division.  Additionally, he serves as an Assistant Team Leader for the Tactical Marksman Unit of the department's Special Reaction Team and is a member of the Crime Scene Unit.  

Prior to being elected to the NHPA Executive Board, he served on the NHPA Legislative Board and on the NHPA Board of Directors.  He is also a past secretary and vice-president of the Nashua Police Patrolman's Association.

Before becoming a police officer, he served on active duty as a Marine Corps officer.  He is currently in the Marine Corps Reserves assigned as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands).

He is a faculty adjunct at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and at Rivier University, Nashua, where he teaches a variety of courses related to terrorism, homeland security, and emergency management.  He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, a M.S. in Forensic Science from National University, San Diego, and a diploma from the National Defense University, Washington, DC.

1st Vice President, Chairman of the Cadet Academy
Brian Valerino (Berlin PD)

Deputy Chief Valerino has been in law enforcement for 20 years. Hired by the Berlin Police Department in January 1990 he quickly rose through the ranks; starting his career as a Patrolman in the Patrol Division until 1994. In 1994 he was promoted to the rank of Detective where he quickly excelled and reached the rank of Detective Sergeant. In 2002 he was promoted to Captain and in 2006 he attained the rank of Deputy Chief. 

During his years of service, Deputy Chief Valerino was a very active member of his department. In addition to his regular duties he also served on the department's Emergency Response Team. In 2009 he stepped down from the Emergency Response Team as the Commander of the unit. 

Deputy Chief Valerino currently sits on the Board of Directors with the NHPA and serves as the Chairman of the Cadet Academy. He looks forward to serving his brother and sister officers in that capacity in years to come.

Deputy Chief Valerino is married to his wife Denise, and they have three children, Dominic, Cassandra, and Madison. 

2nd Vice President, Membership Committee
Kenneth Chamberlain (Manchester PD)

Officer Kenneth Chamberlain is a Traffic Investigator with the Manchester Police Department. Officer Chamberlain has been a member of the Manchester Police Department since 2003. Officer Chamberlain is also the President of the Manchester Police Patrolman's Association.

Prior to becoming a member of the Manchester Police Department Officer Chamberlain was a member of the Hooksett Police Department from 1992 to 2003 where he reached the rank of Patrol Sergeant. Officer Chamberlain started his law enforcement career working as a Part-Time Police Officer with the Moultonborough Police Department from 1984 to 1986 as part of his cooperative education program while attending Northeastern University. Officer Chamberlain is a 1987 graduate of Northeastern University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

3rd Vice President
Robert O'Connor (Roxbury PD)

Officer O’Connor started his public service career in 1992 working for the National Park Service as a Law Enforcement Ranger in the states of New Jersey and New York.   He was later hired by the Keene Police Department in 1995 as a patrol officer.  During his time with the Keene Police Department he was assigned as a Field Training Officer and was active in the Keene Police Officers Association.   In 2000 he accepted a position with the NH Department of Safety as a Motor Vehicle Inspector and was assigned to the Commercial Truck Unit and Fraud Unit. From 2003 to 2009 he was an Investigator with the NH Bureau of Liquor Enforcement.   In the fall of 2009 he was hired by the Swanzey Police Department as the School Resource Officer for the Monadnock Regional Middle-Senior High School.  He is currently the Police Chief for Roxbury, NH.   He is a past Director with the National School Resource Officer’s Association (Region 4) serving from 2012 to 2014.

Throughout his years in NH law enforcement he has served as a Field Training Officer, firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor and Taser Instructor.   Officer O’Connor holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Keene State College.  Officer O’Connor currently resides in the City of Keene with his family.  Officer O’Connor is an active member of the Keene community and in 2012 was elected to the Keene City Council.
Officer O’Connor is grateful and honored to serve the NH law enforcement community as a NHPA Executive Board member.

SECRETARY/Chairman of the Membership Committee
Mark Dumas (Concord PD)
Detective Mark Dumas currently works in the Computer Crimes Unit of the Concord Police Department. Detective Dumas Began his law enforcement career with the Long Beach, California Police Department in 1994.  He has been assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Concord Police Department since 2001.

Detective Dumas earned his Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern University in 1988, and his Master's Degree from California State University, Los Angeles in 1993.

Detective Dumas is a member of the NH Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, and a Technical Partner with the NH Attorney General's Cyber Crime Initiative.  Detective Dumas has been a member of the NHPA Executive Board since 2009.

Detective Dumas is married with three sons.

TREASURER, Finance, Charities, Fundraising Committees
George Mallios (Manchester PD)

Sergeant at Arms, Fundraising Committee
Patrick Cheetham (Londonderry PD)

Sgt. Cheetham is a patrol sergeant in his 12th year with the Londonderry Police Department having previously served as a patrol officer, FTO, and detective.  He is a pipe sergeant and the Assistant Band Master to the NHPA Pipes and Drums Band, two duties of which he is extremely proud.  In January of 2012, he was nominated and voted onto the NHPA legislative board and soon thereafter elected to the NHPA’s Board of Directors.

Sgt. Cheetham is a certified forensic polygraph examiner and a negotiator for the Southern NH Special Operations Unit.  In June of 2013, he was appointed by Governor Hassan to serve on the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority, a nine member panel tasked with recommending how the state should oversee and regulate a proposed casino if approved in NH.  He is a proud graduate of St. Anselm College, Class of 2003, and is pursuing his MBA at Southern NH University in Manchester.

Immediate Past President
Keith Phelps (NH Prob./Parole)

Chief Phelps began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a Corrections Officer with the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. 

In 1995 he was promoted to Corrections Counselor/Case Manager and then in 1998  was promoted to Probation Parole Officer.

He has been serving in the Manchester District Office of Probation/Parole since 1998.  His current assignment involves Pre-Sentence and Annulment Investigations.  Previously he served in the Domestic Violence Unit.
Officer Phelps is the current President of the New England Police Benevolent Association Local 265 Probation/Parole officers Union.
He has served on the NHPA Legislative Committee and the Executive Board until his elections to Sergeant-at-Arms in 2009.
Chief Phelps served as the President of the New Hampshire Police Association in 2013-2014.

Mark Beaudoin (NH State Police)

John Cinelli (Nashua PD)

Director Cinelli was appointed to the board to fill an unexpected vacancy in 2014 and intends to run for this position in the upcoming election.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

         This letter serves to formally announce my intention to run for a position on the New Hampshire Police Association Board in 2014.

         My decision was prompted by my genuine interest in and experience with ensuring employee rights.  I believe I bring enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to the position, as I have been involved with Law Enforcement for 19+ years (13 years as a civilian dispatcher, and 6 years as a Nashua Police Officer).

         As a civilian dispatcher I served as Union President for 12 years and continually fought for member benefits.  I was also a member of the Group Insurance Commission Committee for the Town of Saugus, MA.  While serving on that committee, I negotiated healthcare benefits for both active and retired members.  I believe that I offer the experience and commitment the board is seeking and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity, and your consideration for a position on the New Hampshire Police Association Board.

Paul H. Dean (UNH PD)

Paul H. Dean is the Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety for the University of New Hampshire. Chief Dean is a 28 year veteran of law enforcement and holds an Associates Degree with honors in Criminal Justice from Hesser College and a Bachelors Degree with honors in Criminal Justice Management from Granite State College.

Chief Dean is a graduate of the 186th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and The Babson College Command Officer Training program in Wellesley MA.

Chief Dean serves as an adjunct instructor for the Great Bay Community College-Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Program. Chief Dean Serves as an adjunct instructor for the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, The New Hampshire Fire Academy, The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Homeland Security Program, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology-Energetic Materials Research Testing Center as an instructor in terrorism and emergency management related issues.

Chief Dean serves on the IACLEA Homeland Security & Domestic Preparedness Committee and is the co-author of the highly successful FEMA MGT 361 and 361(c) Managing Critical Incidents for Higher Education Institutions: A Multi-Disciplinary, Community Approach.

Chief Dean serves on numerous committees at the University of New Hampshire, to include the Student/Faculty/Staff Behavioral Intervention Team, Transportation Safety and University Emergency Group. 


Danielle Ellston (NH Liquor Enforcement)

Paul Jacques (NH Probation & Parole)

DIRECTOR, Chairman Legislative & Scholarship Committees
Timothy King (Concord PD)

Sgt. at Arms
Timothy Mone (NH Liquor Enforcement)

Timothy Mone currently works as an Investigator for the NH Division of Liquor Enforcement and Licensing. Originally from Dover, New Hampshire, Investigator Mone graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Safety. Prior to entering law enforcement, Investigator Mone sailed as a licensed Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

In June of 2000, Investigator Mone became a member of the University of NH Police Department and attended the 126th NH Police Standards and Training Academy. In 2002, Investigator Mone was hired by the NH Division of Liquor Enforcement where he continues to serve. In 2004, Investigator Mone was assigned to the NH Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and continued in that assignment until 2007. 
Investigator Mone also serves in part-time capacities with the Madbury Police Department and the University of NH Police Department. He has been a member of the NHPA Legislative Committee since 2007.

Scott Naismith (Salem PD)


Dave Young (Lebanon PD)

Dave Young lives in the heart of the Upper Valley region with his wife and two children.  He is employed by the City of Lebanon Police Department.  He grew up in the Lakes Region area before attending a community college in the Seacoast Region in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Seeking to further his training and experience and to fulfill a need to serve his country he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist.  He worked in a variety of specialty assignments and obtained the rank of Sergeant before honorably separating after the first Gulf War.

Dave returned to his home State of NH and furthered his career employed by the City of Claremont Police Department where in 1992 he graduated from the 97th NH Police Academy.  He served the community of Claremont as a Uniform Patrol Officer and a Detective.  During that time, Dave returned to school to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  In 1998, he joined the Lebanon Police Department.  Soon after he was promoted to Corporal, then assigned as the Detective Division Supervisor and is currently a Sergeant in the Uniform Patrol Division.

Dave has been active in his local association, where he served as their Vice President.  In 2005, he volunteered to become a member of the Legislature Board to the NHPA.  The following year he was elected to the NHPA’s Executive Board and in 2008 NHPA’s Sergeant-At-Arms.

Dave is grateful and humbled by the support of the membership who has allowed him to serve their needs, and looks forward to continuing to serve the NHPA as a strong voice on all of our endeavors.

Media Coordinator
William Ganley (Salem PD-Ret.)

Legislative Committee
Robert Farah (Salem PD)

-- NH Retired Officers Representative
John Curran (Meredith PD-Ret)

Retired Chief John Curran has been a long time member of the New Hampshire Police Association. Chief Curren retired as the Chief of Meredith Police Department after 26 years of service with that agency.  

Chief Curren presently works part-time for the Belknap Sheriffs Dept. He also works part-time for Center Harbor Police where he fills vacant shifts when necessary. These vacancy usually occur as a result of officers who call in sick and/or have to attend court. This part-time work allows him to maintain a connection to the law enforcement community that he has enjoyed al of his life. 

Chief Curran brings a wealth of knowledge to the NHPA Board.  

-- NH Chief's of Police Representative

-- Lobbyist
Robert Blaisdell

Robert P. Blaisdell serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for The Demers Group, Inc. Mr. Blaisdell has over a decade of government affairs experience and he is part of a family tradition of involvement in New Hampshire's political process dating back to the early 1960's. Mr. Blaisdell has been with The Demers Group since 1998. He is responsible for managing and overseeing special projects for the firm including client development and assisting clients with strategy and their implementation of comprehensive governmental affairs activities which includes lobbying and / or association management. In 2000 & 2001, Mr. Blaisdell served on the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. 

In 2004 through 2006, Mr. Blaisdell served on the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire's Human Resource Committee where he focused on issues including labor law regulation, health and safety regulation, health insurance cost and availability, workers compensation, and improvement of the state's education system. In January of 2005, Mr. Blaisdell was named a recipient of the distinguished NH Union Leader newspaper's 40 Under Forty Award, which recognizes forty NH residents who are all under the age of forty, nominated by their peers and honored for being quick out of the gate, influential within their field and beyond, making their dreams a reality, and leading the way for New Hampshire's future. In January of 2008, Mr. Blaisdell was featured in Business NH Magazine's "The Battle for Power" Making it in NH for having many "impressive wins for clients". In January of 2009, Mr. Blaisdell was recognized by Business NH Magazine as one of 25 people who will lead and shape the Granite State for the next 25 years. Recently, Mr. Blaisdell was appointed by the Mayor of Manchester, the state's largest city, to serve on the Task Force on Efficiencies & Consolidations and he was also nominated and confirmed by Manchester's Mayor & Board of Alderman to serve a 3 year term as Commissioner of Manchester's Parks & Recreation. In addition to his work with the firm, he continues to serve as a strategy and policy advisor to many candidates seeking office on both the state and federal level. Mr. Blaisdell has a BA in Communications from The University of New Hampshire. 

He lives in Manchester, NH with his wife Molly and their two children Emma & James.

Office: (603) 228-1498 Fax: (603) 228-3963
-- NH Retirement System Representative
Dean Crombie (Somersworth PD)

Legislative Committee
Steve Sloper (NH State Police)

Legislative Committee
Patrick Starkey (Derry PD)

-- Lobbyist
James Demers

James M. Demers is the founder of The Demers Group and serves as its President. Mr. Demers is a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and former congressional candidate. He has over 30 years of experience in the legislative, regulatory and political fields. He also serves as Executive Director of the National Card Coalition, an organization consisting of major national credit card issuers and related companies with an interest in state legislative, executive, and regulatory activities affecting the credit card industry in all 50 states. He is a regular political commentator/analyst for WMUR-TV, New Hampshire's ABC affiliate, where he often appears Sunday mornings on the political news program "Close-Up". Mr. Demers is well known and respected throughout the country regarding the financial services industry and presidential politics. He has served as New Hampshire co-chair of Barack Obama's presidential campaign and he previously served as New Hampshire chairman of Dick Gephardt's presidential campaign. He presently serves on the advisory board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselms College, he is a member of the State of New Hampshire International Trade Advisory Committee and he participates as a "political insider" for the National Journal. In 2008 ranked him the 5th most influential person in New Hampshire.

Mr. Demers is a graduate of the University of Miami and he holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a former three-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives where he served as the Assistant Minority Whip. His legislative experience included serving on the Strafford County legislative delegation where he gained first hand experience in the workings of county government. From 1997 - 2007 he served as President and Executive Director of the New England - New York - New Jersey Financial Services Association. He has served as Vice President of Government Affairs at Marine Midland Bank in New York and Vice President of Government Affairs at the Associates Corporation of America in Dallas.

Office: (603) 228-1498 Fax: (603) 228-3963
-- Knightstick Publisher
Robert McKnight

-- Knightstick Marketing Representative
Martin Miller

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