By PAULA TRACY, InDepthNH.org
CONCORD – Gov. Chris Sununu will nominate New Hampshire State Police Capt. Nathan A. Noyes as the next Colonel of New Hampshire State Police on Wednesday at the Executive Council meeting.
Noyes was a 16-year-old student at Kennett High School in Conway when his father, New Hampshire Police Sgt. James Noyes, was killed in the line of duty in Gilford.
The younger Noyes followed the steps of his late father into law enforcement and began his career with State Police in 2001 and has risen through the ranks to now be tapped for its highest position.
Capt. Noyes is the commander of the Field Operations Bureau, Field Area III. He previously held the the ranks of Troop Commander, Assistant Troop Commander, Patrol Supervisor, and Trooper. Noyes has been awarded several honors, including the Congressional Law Enforcement Award.
A confirmation vote is likely on April 8 before the five-member Executive Council.
“Captain Noyes carries with him nearly two decades of experience serving the Granite State – both on the front lines as a New Hampshire State Trooper and within several leadership roles,” Sununu said.
“I am confident that Captain Noyes will serve the Granite State well as the next Colonel of the New Hampshire State Police, and I look forward to working with him to ensure that New Hampshire remains one of the safest states in the nation.”
Robert Quinn, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Safety, said Noyes is qualified by reason of his experience, serving in many different ranks.
Noyes thanked Sununu and Quinn for their confidence and mentioned how the State Police has a highly regarded reputation.
“We are respected because of our storied traditions, our organizational values, and our commitment to public service without compromise,” Noyes said.
“This sense of selfless service embodies the core beliefs of our civilian and sworn personnel that represent the Department of Safety and our State Police. It is with the utmost sense of honor, pride and integrity that I will serve our state, our communities, and my beloved fellow State Troopers.”
It was in 1994 that his father, Sgt. James Noyes, was killed while trying to stop a man from committing suicide in Gilford.
The elder Noyes was president of the New Hampshire State Police Benevolent Association.
In a 2016 interview with the Concord Monitor, Capt. Nathan Noyes said that his father “loved his kids…and he loved the profession of law enforcement.”
The March 25 Executive Council meeting will be conducted remotely due to the evolving public health crisis stemming from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.