MANCHESTER, NH — One of Nick Willard’s first official duties as new chief of police was also one of his easiest: selecting an assistant chief.
“At every rank at one point in our careers we worked together I was always a promotion ahead of him, but, wholistically speaking, Carlo Capano is one of the most talented police officers I’ve ever worked with,” said Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard.
Capt. Carlo Capano was hired in 1996 currently serves as the administrative captain for the police department. He will begin as Assistant Chief on July 1, 2015. In addition to working in the patrol and detective divisions, Capano is a certified polygraph technician and has investigated many high-profile cases.
Willard said he could have selected any one of the captains in his command staff, as each is more than qualified and capable of doing the job, but having worked side-by-side with Capano for so many years, Willard said he knew immediately that he would be calling on Capano to be his assistant chief.
“We have a well-connected command staff here. We support each other, and for the most part, we all think alike. We share the same police values, and any one of my captains would have done a great job. But Captain Capano has a skill set like no other police officer I’ve ever worked with. At every rank he’s shown a great amount of fortitude, ability and skill,” Willard said.
The primary duty of the assistant chief is day-to-day operations and keeping track of the overtime and other budget considerations, Willard said.