Mason promoted to Corporal

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MANCHESTER — Manchester Police Officer Chris Mason was formally promoted to the position of Corporal at the Nov. 21 meeting of the Manchester Select Board. Corporal Mason was sworn in by Town Clerk Anita Sheldon at the meeting, and will begin in his new position immediately. A number of Mason's colleagues at the

Manchester Police Department (MPD) were also in attendance, including: Sergeant James Blanchard, Officer James Bossong, Officer Ryan Matteson, Officer Paul McGann, Officer Jason Thomas, and Detective Abigail Zimmer.

"For the last few months we've had Corporal Mason doing a little more in a supervisory position," said Lieutenant Patrick Owens in his introduction of Mason. "He's done a good job, and I think he will continue to do well and improve. We'll get him sent away for some training, and we look forward to having him as Corporal for a long time."

Mason, who began his law enforcement career in 2005, became a member of the MPD in 2012. According to the Corporal, it has been a longstanding aspiration to take on a larger leadership role in the department.

"The best thing to do is to always keep moving up," Mason said. "I hope to always maintain a positive outlook in leading this department alongside the other great leaders that we have. My full aspiration is to someday be Chief."

Though Corporal Mason describes the process of being promoted as "pretty daunting," he points out that he had begun to take on extra responsibilities in the department over the last few months.

"There are a lot of general supervisory duties [entailed], as well as reviewing and approving criminal cases for court," he said. "There's already a handful of extra things that I have done in the past including fleet management, our field training program, and I'm a certified instructor in some of the other facets of law enforcement."

While his career is not an easy one, says Mason, the work is thoroughly rewarding.

"Being a cop gets in your blood, and once it's there it's hard to get out," he said. "The Manchester community is a great place to work, and a great place to raise a family."

Reach Cherise Madigan at cmadigan@manchesterjournal.com, or by phone at 802-490-6471.


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