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2 Remain in Somerville Police Chief Search

The two finalists were announced Friday.

Two candidates are still in the running to become the next Somerville Police chief.

The candidates are:

  • David Fallon, current Somerville Police deputy chief of operations, former captain, lieutenant, sergeant and patrolman with the department and security police with the U.S. Air Force
  • David Mara, current Manchester (New Hampshire) Police chief, former administrative captain, prosecutor, patrol sergeant and officer with the department and prosecuting attorney with the City of Manchester’s Office of the City Solicitor

The other two finalists, Michael Cabral, Somerville Police deputy chief of support, and Thomas Wydra, Hamden (Connecticut) Police chief, are no longer being considered for the position, according to the city.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other city officials are planning to conduct site visits with Fallon and Mara at the end of July with the goal of presenting a new chief to the Somerville Board of Aldermen at the board’s Aug. 28 meeting.

Former Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello announced in late 2013 that he would step down in order to care for a family member. Charlie Femino has been serving as acting chief since Dec. 1, 2013.

Karen A Jenner July 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM
I think it's about time that a candidate from within the department be appointed the next Chief. It seems to me that outside candidates don't last long enough to accomplish much to better the department before moving on to bigger and better things. I say give a dedicated loyal Somerville Officer the chance to make changes and keep the rest of the officers happy.
Jason July 14, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Totally agree. Deputy Chief Fallon is an asset. He is known for community policing, as opposed to administrative policing, he is not bureaucrat by any stretch from my interaction with him on both a personal or professional level. He in my opinion would be the best choice for somerville.

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