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July 11. 2014 5:55PM

Manchester chief now one of 2 finalists for Somerville post


Manchester Chief of Police David J. Mara, one of two finalists for the the Somerville, Mass., chief's job, speaks as the keynote speaker during the City Year New Hampshire Young Heroes 2010 Graduation ceremony at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Police Chief David Mara is now one of two finalists for the Somerville, Mass., police chief’s job. The announcement was made Friday.

The field was cut from four to two after a public hearing last month and additional interviews with Somerville officials.

Mara said, “I’m pleased.” But he hastened to add, “I am still focused on doing my job in Manchester.”

One thing is certain, the new Somerville chief will be named “David.” The other finalist is David Fallon, now the Somerville police deputy chief of operations.

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said that the goal is to present the new chief to the Somerville Board of Aldermen at its Aug. 28 meeting.

A team of city officials, including the mayor, director of personnel, superintendent of schools and the Teen Empowerment executive director interviewed each of the four finalists after the June 25 public hearing and narrowed the field to two, Mara and Fallon.

Mara, a Massachusetts native who has been the Manchester chief since April 2008, is rounding out 28 years on the department. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a law degree from New England School of Law. He earned that degree while working full time as a police officer.

Fallon holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Western New England College, a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts, and an associate’s degree in applied science from Community College of the Air Force.

Curtatone and a team of Somerville city officials will conduct site visits on July 28 and 31. Curtatone said, “I look forward to visiting with Deputy Chief Fallon here in Somerville and Chief Mara in Manchester to learn more before selecting our new chief.”

There were 37 applicants for the job by the April deadline, with four men selected as finalists. The other two were Somerville Deputy Chief of Support Michael Cabral and Hamden, Conn., Chief of Police Thomas Wydra.


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