Alex Reno named Hampton NH’s next police chief

HAMPTON — Deputy Chief Alex Reno has been named the next chief of the Hampton Police Department.

City Manager Jamie Sullivan announced Monday that Reno will replace David Hobbs, who is retiring December 16 to become police chief and safety director at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Reno has been the deputy chief of the department since 2020.

“We are very pleased that we have the talent in-house to continue the mission and he will do an exemplary job,” said Sullivan, who served as Hampton’s police chief from 2006 to 2014.

City councilors praised the selection.

“I have every confidence in Alex’s ability to be the next chief and I wholeheartedly agree with the manager’s decision,” said Selectman Richard Sawyer, who served as Hampton’s police chief from 2014 to 2020.

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Selectman Rusty Bridle said Reno was a “great choice” after watching him rise through the ranks of the department over the years.

“He’ll do a great job,” said Bridle.

Since starting part-time in 2002, Reno has held nearly every position in the department. He was promoted to full-time Patrol Officer in 2007 and has served as a school resource officer at Hampton Academy, a member of the department’s Mounted Police Unit, a detective, and as a Sergeant and Police Prosecutor.