Retirement over: Mara steps up as interim Portsmouth Police Chief

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MANCHESTER, NH – After only four months or so of retirement, Manchester’s former Chief of Police, David Mara, is back in action, after  accepting an interim position with Portsmouth Police.

He will take over as of Jan. 1, 2016 according to this report by His contract is for six months.

Portsmouth has been through some recent upheaval on the police force – three officers have recently left the force, including Det. Aaron Goodwin, who was fired after accepting a $2 million inheritance from an elderly woman he befriended.

Choosing Mara was meant to show the community that the police department is moving toward stability and transparency.

On Nov. 18 Mara was introduced to about 50 residents who gatherered at City Hall.

“My job as interim chief is to get everyone on the same page and working together,” Mara said. “I’m not going to be looking at the past or what had happened here… my job is to get us to a different place,” Mara said.

Mara also said he will be looking at organizational charts and how manpower is allocated in the force, as well as engaging the community, including city leaders. The goal is to develop a strategic plan, Mara said.

Police Commissioner Brenna Cavanaugh, who has been calling for more transparency in the department, says she believes Mara will raise police morale and the public’s perception of ethical behavior among officers.

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