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Manchester chief Mara selected as one of four finalists for Somerville, Mass., post

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 16. 2014 9:01PM


MANCHESTER — Manchester Police Chief David Mara is one of four finalists to be chief of police in Somerville, Mass.

He said the job in Somerville is a good opportunity for him and he’s proud to be a finalist. He also stressed that he “is still committed to the men and women of the Manchester Police Department and the city of Manchester.”

Mayor Ted Gatsas said Mara “has been an outstanding chief” and didn’t want to comment Monday about the possibility of Mara leaving his post.

Mara and the three other finalists will take part in a citywide interview next Wednesday at the Somerville City Hall at 6:30 p.m. According to the Somerville, Mass., website, Director of the Somerville Office of Commissions Sonja Darai is to serve as the moderator for the hearing. Each finalist will have the opportunity to give a five-minute opening statement, and two minutes to answer questions submitted by the public.

After the public hearing, the Police Chief Search Committee will submit a written assessment of each candidate to Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone for consideration. Curtatone will meet with each of the finalists in the two days following the public hearing.

The city’s website says Mara and the other finalists were selected from a pool of 38 candidates after former Somerville police chief, Thomas Pasquarello, stepped down in 2013.

Mara has been part of the Manchester Police Department for 28 years and its chief since 2008. Two of the other three finalists are part of the Somerville force; the third is chief in Hamden, Conn.

Michael Cabral is the Somerville police deputy chief of support, David Fallon is the Somerville police deputy chief of operations, and Thomas Wydra is chief in Hamden.

Mara served as a patrol officer from 1986 to 1995 before obtaining his law degree by taking night classes at New England School of Law.

He has also served as a prosecutor and the administrative captain in charge of the department’s legal division.

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