David joined the ranks of the New Hampshire State Police in September of 1982. After graduation from the 61st Recruit Academy, his trainee year came with assignments to Troops A, C, and E. At the conclusion of his probationary year, David received his permanent assignment to Troop D working a rural patrol in northern Merrimack County. After serving in Troop D for three years he was transferred to Troop A, assigned to the Interstate 95 patrol on the Seacoast. While at Troop A, David served as a Field Training Officer, a member of the K-9 Unit as the Division’s first cadaver dog handler, and Troop Detective. After several years as Troop Detective, David was promoted to Corporal and transferred to the Major Crime Unit. During his 10 year assignment in the Major Crime Unit, David was promoted to Sergeant, and served as a lead investigator of numerous high profile cases, a polygraph examiner, cadaver dog handler, and the assistant unit commander. David was later promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Troop A as Troop Commander. After commanding Troop A for 5 years, David was promoted to Captain and returned to Headquarters as the Investigative Services Bureau Commander. During his tenure as Bureau Commander David was promoted to the rank of Major. In 2007, David retired after 25 years of service.
Upon his retirement David became the Deputy Director of the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program under the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington DC. David has served in this position for the past 13 years, during which time he was chosen by the National HIDTA Directors Association to be the association’s Congressional Affairs Liaison. David continues to serve as the Chairman of the NHRSTA, a position he has held since 2008.
Chairman David Kelley
Herbert, a native of Keene, attended the 24th class of the New Hampshire Police Academy, for that city in the spring of 1975. He was hired as a probationary trooper in March 1978. During his probationary year he was stationed in Troops A - G - F and D. He then returned to his home in Surry and was permanently assigned to Troop C for the next twenty years. Ten of those years he was a member of the K-9 unit and had a German Shepherd assigned to him. He retired in January 1999. During the fall of 2013, for work done in his community and the Central America country El Salvador, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Keene Elm City Rotary Club of which he is a member.
Peter was hired in September of 1982, and in the probationary year was assigned to Troop E Conway patrol, Troop C Sullivan County and Troop G Manchester loop patrol. Peter served in Troop G for five years and transferred to a rural patrol in the Weare, New Boston, Francestown and Mont Vernon Patrol. Peter then served as detective in Troop B and received a Division Recognition for solving a burglary ring with over fifty cases cleared. Peter assisted in the Photo Section of the Forensic lab and eventually was assigned there for two years while transferring to the Major Crime Unit. While in the Major Crime Unit Peter obtained a certification of Crime Scene Technician through the International Association of Identification. Peter was then assigned back to Troop B patrol and promoted to a Detective Sergeant in Troop B where he served several years until retiring in 2006 after 24 years of service.
After retirement, Peter served with the NH Marine Patrol patrolling the seacoast and as a Boating Education Instruction for eight years part-time. Peter works full time now as a Senior Investigator for Amica insurance, investigating fraudulent insurance claims. Peter has served as a board member and now treasurer of NHRSTA.
Kathy served with the New Hampshire State Police from 1986 to 2009. After graduation from the 75th Recruit Academy, she had trainee assignments around the state and her first permanent assignment was at Troop B. Kathy worked patrol for 12 years in both highway and rural patrols. During that time, she also became a DARE Officer in various elementary and middle schools. She went on to train law enforcement officers to become DARE Officers and helped coordinate NH’s DARE Program out of Headquarters. In 1998, Kathy was promoted to a detective position at Troop B and a year later was assigned to the Major Crime Unit where she had the opportunity to work on several high profile homicide cases and was the State Police investigator assigned to the Diocese of Manchester child abuse case at the Attorney General’s Office.
Following her return to Troop B as a detective several years later, Kathy was promoted to Detective Sergeant before finishing her 23 year career. In addition, during her career, Kathy also served on NH’s Child Abuse & Neglect Task Force and both the Child Abuse Fatality Review Committee and the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She has been an instructor at Police Standards & Training since 1999 and has served as the NHRSTA Secretary since 2009.
Skip joined the State Police in 1971, leaving Gorham PD. During his trainee year he was stationed in Troop A, Troop B, Troop E and then the newly established Troop G - Interstate & Turnpike Patrol. After permanent assignment he patrolled with both D & G. He was given a K-9 shepard and it was during this duty that he was given his corporal stripes. When permanently assigned he built his house in Contoocook and is still living there today. After retiring from the State Police he worked for the local telephone company for 23 years and retired from them in 2018. As far as he is concerned he has had one career and that was as a State Trooper, everything else was just a job. He is a proud member of the NHRSTA.
Michael started his law enforcement career when he joined the Dennis, Massachusetts Police Department in 1976. Michael left there when he was hired by the NH State Police in 1983. Michael spent a majority of his time with the NH State Police in the detective bureau. Mike retired in the year 2000 and he took a position as a fraud investigator for Progressive Insurance where he stayed until 2018. Michael married his wife Cindy in 1974 and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Jim began his State Police career in 1989, after serving 7 years with the York Maine Police Department. In his trainee year, Jim was assigned to Troop E and Troop A. He was permanently assigned to Troop E, working the Southern Carroll County patrol for 9 years. During his time in Troop E, Jim was a Field Training Officer and was assigned to the SWAT team in 1994. Jim served as State Police Cadre for the 114th Academy Class, in 1998. In 1998, Jim was transferred to the Major Crime Unit, during which time he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2003, Jim was transferred to Troop A as a Patrol Supervisor. In 2008 Jim was transferred back to the Major Crime Unit to serve as liaison to the Attorney General’s Office during the Capital Murder trial of John “Jay” Brooks. Later in 2008, Jim was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, as Commander of the Major Crime Unit. In 2010, Jim was promoted to the rank of Captain, as Commander of the Investigative Services Bureau, a position he held until his retirement in 2011.