Following the retirement of Hampton Police Chief Richard Sawyer on Thursday, David Hobbs, who had been the department's deputy chief, was announced as Hampton's newest police chief on Friday, according to a press release.

Hobbs, who lives in Hampton, has been working for Hampton police since 1999. Town Manager James Sullivan swore Hobbs in to his new position on Friday at Hampton Police Department.

Per the release, Sullivan addressed those in attendance and reminisced on Hobbs' first job with the department more than 20 years ago.

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According to the release, Hobbs thanked his family and spoke of the department's future in remarks to those in attendance.

"Community partnerships and the Constitution should serve as the foundation for our agency," Hobbs said, per the release. "...to be recognized as a professional and efficient organization that works collaboratively with our stakeholders to improve our community."

The release added that Hobbs stated his goal to improve the agency better at both an individual and team level.

Hobbs has worked as a patrolman, school resource officer, use of force instructor as well as having served as a team leader for the Seacoast Emergency Response Team, per the release. Hobbs was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and has been serving as deputy chief since 2014. He is also a Marine veteran.

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