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Former UNH police chief remembered as 'amazing leader'
“The thing that stuck with me when I first met Nick was his stance was always take the high road regardless of the situation,” said Dean, who worked for Halias. “I’d like to think I’m a better person because I followed his teachings.”
Dean, on his department’s Facebook page, said Halias “died after a courageous struggle with illness.” Dean declined to disclose the illness.
In 2003, Halias donned a white robe as one of more than 100 law enforcement agents providing security at the consecration of V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopalian bishop.
“He’s known as Bishop Halias,” Sgt. Andy Parson, from the state police bomb squad, told a reporter at the time.
On Facebook, Dot Cleary recalled the time the two men worked at state police.
“Always a class act throughout his law enforcement career and in his personal life,” Cleary wrote. “I was blessed to know him both personally and professionally.”
When Halias arrived at UNH in 2000 during “a time of turbulence” within the department, he “brought a huge positive light on to the organization and really took us places,” Dean said.
After retiring, Halias did consulting accreditation work and also taught criminal justice courses, Dean said.
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