Keene Police Chief Steven Stewart stands outside the department Wednesday. An 18-year KPD veteran, Stewart took the helm of the department starting Monday.

Keene’s new police chief said Wednesday he doesn’t envision making significant changes to the department, but hopes to continue partnerships with other community institutions to help address issues like drug abuse and homelessness while continuing to chip away at difficult internal challenges like transparency and recruitment.

Ryan Spencer can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1412, or rspencer@keenesentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter at @rspencerKS

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