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Assistant chief Capano nominated to lead Manchester police

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 05. 2018 9:16PM
In this photo from June 2015, Manchester Assistant Chief Carlo Capano hugs his wife, Brenda, as his sons, Cole and Caden look on at his promotion ceremony at the Radisson in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig said Tuesday night Assistant Police Chief Carlo Capano has a “unique skill set” to lead the police force in the state’s largest city.

Craig submitted Capano’s nomination to the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen for Capano to replace Nick Willard, who is President Donald Trump’s choice to be the next U.S. marshal for the state of New Hampshire.

“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 prepared remarks.

“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.”

If the Manchester aldermen confirm his candidacy — as is expected — Capano becomes the chief once the U.S. Senate votes to approve Willard’s nomination to be marshal, Craig said.

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

Following Craig’s announcement, two aldermen praised the choice.

“It is the right pick, the perfect pick. He carries himself extremely well and is no doubt a leader who will transition the police department in a very good manner,” said Alderman-at-Large Joe Kelly Levasseur.

Willard and Capano made a good team and Levasseur said this is why, if confirmed, Capano’s pick to replace him as assistant will be important.

“As much as it’s Carlo’s night, I would like to say congratulations and thank you to Chief Willard on a great three years,” Levasseur said.

Ward 7 Alderman William Shea said he’s gotten to know Capano well.

“I have known the proposed chief for several years. He is an exceptional person to begin with, a great family man, and one the city will be proud of to be nominated and approved as the next chief of police,” Shea said.

Willard had recommended Capano as his replacement.

Willard selected Capano to be his deputy in June 2015, even before Willard received confirmation for the top job. Capano accompanies Willard to most public events and has been active on social media, just like his chief.

Willard had praise for two New Hampshire marshals — Obama appointee David L. Cargill Jr., who began serving in 2009, and Bush-era appointee Stephen Monier, who served from 2002 to 2009.

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.

“As our city continues to combat the opioid crisis and deal with the challenges of a growing and changing city, Assistant Chief Capano will be a dedicated and proactive leader for our police department, committed to building a stronger and safer community for all,” Craig added.

klandrigan@unionleader.comCity Hall Reporter Paul Feely contributed to this report.

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