vnews.com 27 Sep, 2020 15:45 am

Jim Kenyon: Police keep the public in the dark, even about the simple things

Jim Kenyon: Police keep the public in the dark, even about the simple things
The Hanover Police Department is advertising for a new second-in-command, which begs the question: What happened to the guy who previously held the job?Capt. Mark Bodanza, who was hired in June 2017, left his $111,000-a-year position on Sept. 1. His...

Under New Hampshire’s right-to-know law, I figured answers to a couple of straightforward questions would be fairly easy to come by.After getting a copy of Bodanza’s resignation letter from Hanover police, I told Gilles Bissonnette, legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, about the difficulty I’d had accessing basic public employee information., is president of New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.Before coming to Hanover, he worked for nine years at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, which among other things prepares and certifies recruits for careers in law enforcement.

When Bodanza agreed to come to Hanover, he received a $5,000 “sign-on” bonus, which due to a shortage of state-certified cops has become a recruiting tool in New Hampshire.For several months, it’s been rumored in Upper Valley law enforcement circles that Bodanza was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this year.

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