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Methuen’s police chief is one of the highest paid in the country — and he says he deserves more

Four patrol officers are losing their jobs

Metheun Police Department
Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon.

METHUEN — This community on the New Hampshire border may be smaller than 772 other American cities, but the salary of Police Chief Joseph Solomon is anything but small. His salary of $326,707 in 2019 made Solomon one of the highest-paid police chiefs in the nation, paid more than his counterparts in Boston, New York, Chicago, and many other major urban areas.

And, unlike them, Solomon doesn’t have to face a serious crime problem: Methuen had one murder last year.

Still, Solomon believes he is underpaid.

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