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Capano confirmed as new Manchester police chief

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 12. 2018 10:27PM

MANCHESTER — City aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to confirm Assistant Police Chief Carlo Capano’s nomination to lead the police force in the state’s largest city.

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig nominated Capano for the job last week, saying he has a “unique skill set” for the job.

Capano will succeed Nick Willard, who is President Donald Trump’s choice to be the next U.S. Marshal for the state of New Hampshire. Willard received a thunderous round of applause from the aldermen and those in attendance at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting when recognized by Capano.

“Assistant Chief Capano has gained a wealth of experience and developed a unique skill set necessary to lead the Manchester Police Department as he’s worked his way up through the chain of command,” Craig said in presenting her nomination to city aldermen. “At each step in his career, Assistant Chief Capano has demonstrated that he is a forward-thinking problem-solver, has served with the highest distinction and has been recognized for his ability to exceed expectations.”

Capano will become chief July 1, following Willard’s retirement on June 30.

Capano’s starting pay as chief will be $155,871, according to the mayor.

Willard, who selected Capano to be his deputy in June 2015, recommended him for the job.

Prior to being named assistant chief, Capano served as a patrol officer, a bicycle officer, a detective, a supervisor, a SWAT team leader and a polygraph operator.

He has received several citations over his career:

• In 2000, the Manchester police Life Saving Medal for saving an 11-day-old infant who was choking to death.

• In 2007, the Chief’s Achievement Medal for his investigation into the fatal shooting of police officer Michael Briggs.

• In 2012, the Manchester police Honorable Service Medal for work that led to the arrest of three people for a string of violent armed robberies.

• In 2014, the Chief’s Achievement Medal for heading up the creation of a citywide effort to reduce burglaries.

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