Former acting police chief leaving Hanover after 26 yearsMEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
July 02. 2014 7:33PM
HANOVER — Longtime police officer and former acting police chief, Det. Capt. Francis T. Moran is retiring from the Hanover Police Department.
“The Hanover Police Department and the Town of Hanover want to thank Captain Moran for his dedicated service to our community and wish him well in his future endeavors,” the department said in a statement Wednesday.
His retirement from the force was effective as of Tuesday, Police Chief Charlie Dennis said.“Talk about someone who will be missed,” said Town Manger Julia Griffin Wednesday. “Capt. Moran has been an instrumental member of the police department for the past 26 years. He was a premier detective in particular.”
Moran joined the Hanover Police Department after graduating from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont in 1988. During his 26-year career in law enforcement, Moran has exclusively served Hanover, first as a patrol officer, then as patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant and detective captain.
He also stepped in as acting police chief in February 2013 when long-term Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone suffered a stroke and retired from the department.
He served as acting chief for 16 months before the town hired Charlie Dennis as the new chief of police.
Dennis said Moran has been looking at retirement for the past year, but was committed to staying on as acting chief till the town could finish its police chief search process, Dennis said.
Dennis was sworn in June 6. Moran stayed on with Dennis for a week to help with the transition then went on vacation. Moran did not want a party, Dennis said, “He just wanted to bow out quietly and he did.”
Griffin said Moran has many exciting opportunities ahead of him.
“We’ll miss him terribly, but we’re excited for him,” she said.