Mara not tapped for Somerville chief’s job
A press release issued Wednesday by Daniel DeMaina, media manager for Somerville’s communications department, stated that David Fallon, the current Somerville police deputy chief of operations, accepted an offer from Mayor Joseph Curtatone to become the city’s new chief.
Mara and Fallon were the two finalists for the position.
Mara has spent nearly 30 years with the Manchester police department and became chief in April 2008.
Mayor Ted Gatsas said it’s good to have Mara staying as Manchester chief, as not to disrupt the law enforcement endeavors he has started since taking the position. He pointed out a few differences Mara has made as chief, including a more visible police presence in the downtown area.
Joyce Craig, in her third term as Ward 1 alderman, said she knows Mara wanted the job and is sorry he didn’t get it, but at the same time she’s happy to still have a leader who has proven he can handle the pressure of the post in this city.
The Waters Consulting Group Inc., an executive recruiting company, was hired by Somerville to conduct a nationwide search for candidates. The company worked with the city’s police chief search committee to interview Somerville officials and more than 40 constituent group representatives. A public hearing also was held, and a survey garnered about 200 responses.
Curtatone said he went back and forth several times before making the final decision to offer the job to Fallon. He said he was extremely impressed during his site visit with the way Mara conducts business and added many communities should be envious of what Manchester has.
The Somerville mayor couldn’t point out one thing that gave Fallon the edge. Curtatone said they were both similar candidates and both communities are lucky to have them heading up their police forces.