Report: NH Police Chief Stripped Down to His Underwear, Walked Home in a Snow Storm After Being Fired

A New Hampshire police chief made quite an exit after being fired from his post.

Richard Lee has been the police chief for nearly 20 years in the town of Croydon, New Hampshire.

But all of that ended when a three-member board voted to oust him and instead use the New Hampshire State Police to patrol the town of 700 people.

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Lee, disgusted and defeated stripped down to his underwear and turned in everything he was wearing to the board and then left the building and walked home, half-naked in a snow storm.

He was told to immediately turn in his guns and uniform as well as the keys to his police cruiser, so Lee took off his gear before the board chairman.

“I gave them my uniform shirt. I gave them my turtleneck, I gave them my ballistic vest. … I sat down in the chair, took off my boots, took off my pants, put those in the chair, and put my boots back on, and walked out the door,” Lee said.

He didn’t have spare clothes or a ride home, so Lee walked nearly a mile in 26-degree temperatures before his wife picked him up.

Lee said that if he had left with his gear he feared the possibility of being arrested, even though the chairman, Russell Edwards, said the ex-chief’s actions were unnecessary.

“This is what they demanded and this is what I’m doing,” he said, according to The Valley News. [Fox News]


The board released a statement Wednesday claiming their decision to remove Lee “was an action based upon value for the cost of the department,” the paper said.

Lee has said that he’s now speaking to an attorney about his firing.



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