- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Manchester Police chief is retiring at the end of June after nearly three decades with the department.

David Mara was first hired in 1986 and became chief in 2008.

The department says as chief he added a community policing division to meet the everyday needs and demands of the changing city and a community room in the police station, where a community advisory board meets monthly.

Gov. Maggie Hassan issued a statement Tuesday thanking Mara for his service, saying he has bravely committed himself to protecting the people of the state’s largest city.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Mara has worked tirelessly to build trust and cooperation between the department and the city’s communities and brought an innovative problem-solving approach to the heroin epidemic that has hit northern New England.

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