Long-time Waterville Valley resident and retired Chief of Police Paul Leavitt passed away on Monday, May 6, after a lengthy illness.
Paul started his law enforcement career after graduating from UNH. He served in the Hampton, NH Police Department for 10 years rising in rank from Patrolman to Chief of Police following the 1964 Hampton Beach riots.
Paul graduated #1 in the first session of the New Hampshire Police Academy and graduated #2 from the FBI Academy in Washington, DC.
Upon leaving the Hampton Police Department, Paul moved to Waterville Valley where he was tasked with forming a police department in the growing resort town.
Over a span of 31 years, Paul served the Town of Waterville Valley in ten different positions. He was Police Chief and Fire Chief for 16 years, Director of Public Safety and Town Health Officer for eight years, Town Manager for 12 years, School Board Moderator for 12 years, and he served in various other appointed positions including on the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Budget Committee.
After retiring from the Waterville Valley Police Department, Paul served 20 years as a Captain/Executive Officer at the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department from 1990-2011.
In all, Paul served 50 years in law enforcement service in the State of New Hampshire and received a commendation from Governor John Lynch. Paul and his wife Marcia were inducted into the Waterville Valley Hall of Fame in March 2019.
Service arrangements are to be announced at a later date. Paul leaves his wife of 63 years, Marcia, a daughter, and a son. Condolences can be sent to Paul’s family at P.O. Box 272, Waterville Valley, NH 03215.