In 2015, columnist Jeff Chidester made an unsolicited appeal in the Portsmouth Herald for the City of Portsmouth to hire Eddie Edwards as their next police chief. He noted:
Edwards had a distinguished career in the US Navy before becoming a NH Bureau of Liquor Enforcement Investigator. Edwards rose through the ranks, and became a vital part of reforming and establishing high ethical standards within the NH Enforcement and Licensing department. Edwards briefly served as the Police Chief of South Hampton, and his pedigree is beyond reproach—Career Profile by Keene Sentinel Newspaper, Appointed by the Attorney General to Governor’s Crime Commission, NH Legislative Study Commission on Street Gangs, 2012 Spirit of America Award, 2012 Patriot Citizen Award, 2013 Governor Maggie Hassan Commendation, 2013 Outstanding Service in the Field of Highway Safety, Chairman of NH Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee, served on the NH Legislative Study on DWI, Governor Appointment to the Federal Advisory on Juvenile Justice, 2008 Top Forty Leaders in NH under Forty.