Saying the Police Department needs an “outsider” to take control, Mayor Bill Scanlon has named a recently retired New Hampshire state police captain as the city’s new police chief.
John LeLacheur, 51, is the first police chief from outside the department in recent memory, if not ever, Scanlon said.
Scanlon said interim police Chief Chris Negrotti, a 28-year veteran of the Beverly department who was a candidate for the top job, withdrew his name from consideration and told Scanlon the department needed a fresh face to lead the way.
“After a time, (Negrotti) came to me and said, ‘There are just too many problems here. We’ve got to get an outside influence.’ And, frankly, I was pretty much of that viewpoint myself,” Scanlon said.
LeLacheur, a Manchester, N.H., resident who grew up in Lowell, said he is looking forward to moving to Beverly and starting his new job. He retired from the New Hampshire State Police on Nov. 1.
“We’re excited,” he said. “My wife and I were looking to get back to the seacoast area. It looked like a tremendous opportunity in Beverly, and I’m thrilled the mayor and the assessment board selected me for the position.”
LeLacheur began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Hudson, N.H., where he spent three years before becoming a state trooper in 1984.
He has served a variety of command roles in his nearly three decades with the New Hampshire State Police. He has been a member and commander of the State Police honor guard and developed and instituted a special-events response team.
LeLacheur has also been a drill instructor at the New Hampshire Police Academy and has taught leadership and media relations at the New England State Police Administrative Conference.
In 1999, he was awarded the New Hampshire State Police medal of valor for pulling a fellow officer to safety after his cruiser had been hit by rifle fire.