Brown, left, and Cornacchia
Officers Out: Few Details Provided After NH Police Department Fires 2
MANCHESTER — Two members of what its department chief describes as "the most professional police officers in the country" have been fired.
Aaron Brown and Steven Cornacchia, two Manchester police officers who had been on leave, were tossed out by Chief Nick Willard on Wednesday.
According to Willard, who released a written statement, Brown had been employed by the department since July 2007. He had been placed on paid administrative leave beginning Feb. 20, 2018, until his termination. Willard said a criminal investigation will be initiated into Brown’s actions but he declined to provide "any personnel information from the Internal Affairs investigation."
Cornacchia was on paid administrative from May 14-16, 2017, until he was arrested for conduct after an accident, after which he was on unpaid administrative leave pending his court case.
Cornacchia plead guilty to hitting a 22-year-old female pedestrian with his car while she crossed West Merrimack Street last May. He stopped to check on the woman, but left the scene without reporting it. A bystander at the incident scene noted the license plate of the car, which police tracked to Cornacchia. He showed up for work three days later. An arrest warrant was issued. He turned himself in the following day.
In January, Cornacchia had planned to plead guilty but passed out at the courthouse. He ended up pleading guilty Feb. 22 to conduct after an accident and received a suspended sentence on the condition of good behavior. He also was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
It wasn't immediately known if the officers had lawyers, and phone numbers could not be found for them.
"If any officer breaches the trust of our agency and more importantly, our community, we will always seek swift and immediate remedies," Willard said in his statement. "I can assure the community, however, we will continue to serve the citizens of the City of Manchester while providing the highest level of service by the most professional police officers in the Country."
The Associated Press contributed material to this report.