Chief's son set to join Manchester police force
Matthew Mara is among the 14 new police officers that are to be sworn in a special ceremony on July 7 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.
Mara is currently being considered for the top cop position in Somerville, Mass. He is among four finalists for the position and is to participate in a public interview next Wednesday.
Matthew Mara recently joined the Hampton Police Department as a part-time officer.
In response to a call from a reporter seeking Matthew Mara, a dispatcher there initially said she was unfamiliar with the name. She later said “he just started” and was unavailable. “He must be brand new,” she said. “He’s part-time and doesn’t have a regular schedule just yet. He was probably on a ride along.”
The last five certified officers hired by the Manchester Police Department, who were sworn in April 7, had at least one year’s experience with other police departments; one had seven years’ experience.
Wieczorek added that he didn’t think family ties between employees posed a problem as long as the new hires were qualified. “It would be of great concern, if they were not qualified,” he said, “But if you pass all the tests — and they do take some pretty rigorous tests to graduate from the police academy — and you are physically fit and feel you can do the job ... you shouldn’t be penalized because you’re related.”