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Apr 12, 2016 7:26 PM

Manchester's police captain to become the chief of Kittery, ME

KITTERY, ME - Interim Town Manager, Carol Granfield announced that they conditionally offered a position to Det. Capt. James Soucy at Monday's Town Council meeting.

Soucy started his career in Maryland in 1989 as a state trooper and flight paramedic according to seacoastonline.com. He began his career in Manchester in 1992 and during that time he became a sergeant, served as SWAT team leader and assistant SWAT commander. When he became a lieutenant he was the patrol shift commander and later promoted to captain in May 2014.

Soucy is a graduate from the New Hampshire Police Academy and the elite Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy in Quantico, Va. He also received an associate's degree in applied science from New Hampshire Technical College.

“(Soucy) brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the department,” Granfield told the council.

She told the paper that there were a total of 56 applicants that the selection committee narrowed to four. The selection committee was unanimous on Soucy’s selection, Granfield said. She expects Soucy to begin on June 1 or earlier.

The three-year contract for Ted Short, the current police chief that Kittery shares with Eliot, expires at the end of June.

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