To The Daily Sun,
My name is Tom Tarr and I am a candidate for a vacancy on the Laconia Police Commission. As a first time candidate for public office, my decision to run stems from my desire to serve at the local level while utilizing my criminal justice experience, which I think will be an asset to the commission.
I am a native of Concord, and my wife of 46 years and I moved to Laconia in 2003. Together we raised two children and are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren, two of whom reside in Laconia.
I received a B.S. degree from New Hampshire College (SNHU) in 1970. Shortly after graduating, I entered the military draft and served four years on active duty in the Air Force. While in the service, I also earned an M.S. degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1974.
After my honorable discharge from military service in the summer of 1974, I returned home and began my criminal justice career as a New Hampshire Probation/Parole Officer. Nine years later in 1985, I was appointed director of the N.H. Probation/Parole Division with responsibility for managing and directing New Hampshire's statewide adult probation/parole system. I remained in that position until 1992 when I was appointed as chief U.S. probation officer by the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire. In that capacity, I managed and directed all federal probation and pretrial service activities in the state. My experience at both the state and federal has afforded me a broad understanding and a deep appreciation of the challenges of New Hampshire law enforcement at the local, county, state and federal levels.
During my career, I was routinely involved in personal administration and management, budget development and oversight, policy and procedure development, and law enforcement training approval. I also was directly responsible for officer staff involved in offender supervision and monitoring and all investigation activities at the probation and pretrial stages. In 2010, I assisted in the development of the first federal drug court in New Hampshire.
In 2014 I retired after a 40-year career and I am convinced that my experience will make me a good "fit" for the Police Commission, and that, if elected, that experience will serve me well.
I am ready for this new challenge and would appreciate your vote on Nov. 3.
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