ROCHESTER, N.H. — A 24-year veteran of the police department in Rochester, N.H., has been named police chief in Kittery, Maine.

Forty-seven-year-old Capt. Paul Callaghan will start his new job on Jan. 3, 2012.

He has been captain since 2004 and has put an emphasis on community policing.

Callaghan will be replacing longtime Kittery Police Chief Ed Strong, who is retiring at the end of the year.