Hudson Police Chief Retires Abruptly

February 14, 2019

A Sun Staff Report

HUDSON, N.H. -- The Board of Selectmen announced on Tuesday evening the retirement of Police Chief Jason Lavoie, effective immediately.

Selectmen Chairman Roger Coutu declined to comment Wednesday morning, instead referring to the news release the board issued Tuesday night, which does not elaborate on the reason for Lavoie’s abrupt retirement.

Town Administrator Steve Malizia could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lavoie began his career with the Hudson Police Department in February of 1991 as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks, becoming chief of police in January 2009.

Selectmen thanked Lavoie for his many years of service to the Hudson community and wished him well in his retirement.

Selectmen have appointed Capt. Bill Avery to the position of interim chief, effective immediately. Avery is a 26-year law-enforcement veteran. After holding several ranks in the Police Department, he was appointed to the position of captain in February 2009.

Reached Wednesday morning, Avery also declined to comment on Lavoie’s retirement and referred to the press release.

“I am invested in this town, in Hudson residents, in Hudson business owners and in Hudson police employees, and I have a job to do, and that will be done to the best of my ability,” Avery said.