Service to his country, community and family, that is what David Hoyt has stood for since his early adulthood days. Born and raised in Hampton Falls, NH in 1958, he worked on his family dairy farm until 1976, the year that he graduated from Winnacunnet High School. After graduation, he soon joined the U.S. Army and got his first taste of law enforcement with the Military Police Corps. During his service, he spent time all over the world, basic training in South Carolina, Military Advanced Training in Alabama, and stationed in Frankfurt, Germany for three years where he worked drug supervision and customs returns to the United States. While in the Army, he received several military awards and attended several advanced military and civilian schools including graduate of Federal DEA School, South Carolina Police Academy, and many others. After 6 years serving our country, he left the Army in January 1983, honorable discharge.
As he entered civilian life, his compass pointed him back home to New Hampshire. But this time, it was on the other side of the state, here in Newport. David joined the Newport Police Department as a patrolman in 1983, and worked his way thru the rank. Promoted to Corporal in 1985, then Sergeant in 1987 and finally promoted to Chief in 1992. He served the Town of Newport as head of the Police Department for almost 20 years, and retired from the Department and Town in 2011.
His service to Newport, Sullivan County and State of New Hampshire while in the Police Department is far reaching. He had served on many boards and committees over the years, including the following:
Community Youth AdvocatesCommunity Alliance Of Sullivan CountyJudge Advocates of NHSullivan County Child Abuse OrganizationSullivan County Chiefs AssociationNew Hampshire Chiefs of Police AssociationNew England Chiefs of Police AssociationInternational Chiefs of Police Association
David is also a certified Accident Reconstructionist by the National Accident Reconstructionist Association and served as Staff at the New Hampshire Police Academy
While being so heavily involved with the Police Department and various agencies, he also found time over the years to give back to his community, especially soon after his first few years as Police Chief. He served on the Newport Police Building Committee for 4 years, was Construction Manager of the Police Facility in 1996, and was the Town Construction Manager for the Newport District Court Building. He has plowed the ice rink on the Town Common for several years, and has worked side-by-side with Eddie Schnick on the Winter Carnival snow sculpture for over 15 years. Speaking of Winter Carnival, he served on that committee for 4 years, been on the Newport Recreation Committee, and has assisted the Newport Chamber of Commerce with Movies In The Park, helped Newport Holiday Cheer with the Christmas Lights in town, and donated his time in many more various activities.
In 2002, he discovered a new passion: Theater. He started out helping at events and behind the stage. Then in 2004, he joined the Newport Opera House Association Board of Directors. He has served in many capacities, including Tech Director, Stage Manager, Assistant Director, and Board member, Treasure, Vice President and President. David has been involved in every Charles Massey production at the Opera House since 2003, and is looking forward to working with him in Massey’s return to the Opera House this Spring for “The Wizard Of Oz.” He is currently the longest serving Board of Director on the Newport Opera House Association. With his knowledge of the Opera House and production of shows, The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce can not thank him enough for his dedication and work with our annual show “Dancing With The Newport Stars,” a co-production with the United Way of Sullivan County.
Even thru his years in the Army and Police Department, David had his biggest fight soon after his retirement for the PD. In October 2012 he was diagnosed with cancer. And after a painful year, countless trips to DHMC and many sleepless nights, in October 2013 he was declared the winner in his year long battle. He is proud to say that he is in remission and feeling great.
Despite all his activities and involvements in town, family is most important to him. He would not be able to do all that he has done without the love and support of his wife Jodi (Kelley) Hoyt. David is a proud Grampa and is deeply in love with his two grandchildren Ryker, age 3 1/2 and Caroline Hope, age 2 months.
Needless to say, David Hoyt likes to stay busy. He is currently the Co-Executive Director and Vice President of the Newport Opera House Association, has served as Building Manager for Economic Corp of Newport (Econ) since 2004, is in his first term as a Newport Selectman, is a Justice of Peace, Bail Commissioner for NH Courts, plus he is a truck operator for McKenny Construction. Yes, he does like to stay busy, work, volunteer, and do things for the greater good. In his spare time, he enjoys boating and riding his Harley Davidson in the warmer months.
We at the Newport Area Chamber Of Commerce give our most sincere thanks and gratitude for his dedication to our community, thank him for his tremendous body of work, and with great pride welcome him as Newport’s 2015 Distinguished Citizen Of The Year.
David’s award ceremony will take place during the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner, held at the Newport Opera House Thursday, February 12th. David will be presented by the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Of The Year, David Lantz. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Get your tickets by calling the Chamber office at 863.1510.