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Letter: Farewell to the Chief

To the Editor:

When Police Chief Nick Giaccone retires on Oct. 1 in the aftermath of a stroke, Hanover will lose a remarkable public servant who for 40 years has dedicated his life to the town and its residents.

Day or night, by phone, radio or online with the dispatch center, he monitored hazardous weather, accidents, domestic disputes, suicidal threats, robberies, assaults and, on at least one occasion, saved the life of a workman experiencing cardiac arrest.

In the view of his officers, he was a leader who was always willing to do exactly what he asked them to do, crawling through the trenches with them, sometimes getting dirty with them. “I always had to be sure I wasn’t seen as micromanaging them” he told me. “But this is what I’m going to truly miss, this opportunity to lead the new people by example.”

His officers agree about how to characterize the chief:

∎  He is serious when necessary, even stern.

∎  He is wise and thoughtful.

∎  He laughs and jokes around quite a bit and that makes him approachable.

∎  He maintains an open-door policy. Many go to him with concerns.

∎  He is open to the ideas of others but ready to make final decisions.

∎  He is understanding and compassionate.

∎  He is intelligent.

∎  He is energetic.

∎  He is dependable.

Wrote a sergeant on email: “I am sure his decision to retire was remarkably difficult. Demonstrating his selfless dedication to the agency, the community and his staff, he has sacrificed his personal desire to try and remain in office, and has made the decision to retire so that the department may move forward ... He will be missed.”

Audrey McCollum

Etna

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Hanover Police and Fire Chiefs Both Plan to Retire in October

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hanover — National searches will begin soon for new police and fire chiefs, as both departments are poised to lose leaders who have worked for the town for 40 years or more. Police Chief Nick Giaccone, 65, who suffered a stroke in February, has decided to retire on Oct. 1. Giaccone didn’t sustain any cognitive damage from the stroke, but …