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A new criminal justice advisory team at the Cheshire County Sheriff’s office will focus on building community relationships and confidence in that department. 

The team was put together by Cheshire County Sheriff Eli Rivera, as a way to respond to national and local calls for more transparency and accountability from law enforcement.  

Photo of Mark Brave

Among the people who will soon have a new job as a result of Tuesday’s election is Mark Brave.  He’s currently serving as a lieutenant in the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, but this week he defeated a Republican challenger in the race for the top job in that office. That will make him the first Black sheriff in the state.

Photo of Mark Brave

Mark Brave, who ran on a platform of a more community-focused approach to law enforcement, has won the election for Strafford County Sheriff, becoming the first known Black person in state history to hold the position of sheriff.

Brave, a Democrat from Dover, defeated Paul Callaghan, a Republican from Rochester. Both men currently serve as lieutenants in the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office.

In a statement, Brave said he was humbled by the support he received. 


The race for Strafford County Sheriff includes two candidates who both support a range of police accountability reforms.

Paul Callaghan, 54, is currently a lieutenant and investigator at the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office. The Republican from Rochester backs a list of policy recommendations released this summer by a New Hampshire commission formed in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, including more training on de-escalation techniques and the release of a long-secret list containing the names of discredited officers. 

Voter registration sign at a voting center in Portsmouth.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3. Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked about the role of county sheriff with Ethan DeWitt, the statehouse and politics reporter for the Concord Monitor.

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Courtesy Massahos for Sheriff

The two men running for the Republican nomination for Sheriff of Rockingham County used to get along just fine.

“I’ve known Sheriff Massahos for twenty plus years,” says Kevin Coyle, who is currently a Rockingham County Commissioner.