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May 01. 2014 1:02PM

Former Alderman Carl Andrade appointed Nashua police commissioner

NASHUA — A new police commissioner has been appointed to fill Thomas Pappas’ seat after he resigned earlier this year amid controversy.

Carl Andrade, a former alderman and two-time mayoral candidate, has been appointed by the governor and Executive Council to fill a term until Sept. 1, 2016. His official appointment was confirmed on April 23.

Andrade is well-known in the Gate City, mostly as a local politician. He most recently ran in a special primary election for a Ward 8 state representative seat but lost by a narrow margin to Latha Mangipudi.

Andrade, 66, has lived in Nashua since 1976 and currently serves on the city’s Business and Industrial Development Authority. He is the owner and CEO of Top Tier Connections Inc. in Nashua, an international business development company.

Pappas, former chairman of the Nashua Police Commission, voluntarily resigned from his position about three weeks after his involvement with state Rep. David Campbell’s duck accident was revealed.

Campbell called Pappas after he had a couple of drinks and  ran over several mallard ducks with his BMW, killing five of them Dec. 23 outside of the Crowne Plaza.

Pappas, Campbell’s friend and attorney, then picked Campbell up and contacted the police department about two hours after the accident to ask whether Campbell could come to the station the following morning for questioning, according to a police report.

The incident sparked an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office and an apology by Pappas for his role in the duck accident.

Nashua is the only community in the state that still has its police commission members appointed by the governor and approved by the Executive Council, a practice that has taken place since the 1920s or 1930s.

City aldermen have conflicting opinions on whether the commissioners should continue to be appointed by the governor.

“I think the process has been working, but I would prefer to see some local accountability of the commission,” Alderman-at-Large Brian McCarthy said previously. “This was originally done to keep out local politics, but I think it might go the other way at this point.”

McCarthy noted that other commissions in Nashua — including the Board of Public Works and the Nashua Fire Commission — are all elected positions.

If city officials had the desire to change the way the Nashua Police Commission is chosen, it would have to be pursued by the state Legislature, McCarthy said earlier.

khoughton@newstote.com



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