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Wilton prosecutor signs on as full-time officer

  • Matthew Holland Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, November 23, 2018 11:13AM

Wilton’s prosecutor, Matthew Holland, will be joining the police department ranks as a full-time patrolman this spring.

Holland was sworn in by Wilton Select Board Chair Kellie-Sue Boissonnault during the Select Board’s meeting on Monday. He is set to begin the police academy in Concord in January, after which he will begin as a full-time officer for the department.

“Matt Holland has been our prosecutor for the last three years,” Police Chief Eric Olesen said following Holland’s swearing in. “He's done an absolute fabulous job at doing so. Why he decided to do it, I don't know, but I'm very thankful, he’s decided to cross the line into full-time law enforcement.”

In an interview Tuesday, Holland said he entered his career as a prosecutor later in life, enrolling in University of New Hampshire’s law school in 2012. He was an alumni of the school, having graduated with an undergraduate degree in 2000, and had been working as a mechanic in Nashua when the opportunity arose for him to return to school, he said.

During law school, he interned with the county attorney’s office and gained an interest in prosecution work. As he was nearing graduation, connections in the Wilton Police Department informed him their current prosecutor would be leaving the position, and encouraged him to apply for the opening.

“The day I was sworn into the New Hampshire bar, was the last day of the old prosecutor here in Wilton. I was lucky enough to have the support of some of the police force, and I was hired. I hit the ground running, more or less,” Holland said.

Because the department is small, Holland said over the past three years, he’s been able to get a feel for the other side of his job, and has become interested in police work.

“I’ve been lucky enough to get a chance to see what these guys are doing, up close and personal,” Holland said.

Holland said he approached Olesen, and told him if the department needed an additional officer, he would be willing to go through the training.

“He came to me and asked, ‘Were you serious about that?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ Now I just have to put my money where my mouth is,” Holland said.

Holland will undergo physical testing in December, and start the police academy in January, for a 16-week course, after which he will begin as a full-time officer.

He will also continue to serve as the department’s prosecutor.

“Career-wise, it’s a good move for me, because it’s not like I’m not going to be an attorney or not be prosecuting. I’m just expanding my skill set,” Holland said.

Holland has lived in New Hampshire his entire life and is married with two children. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a mechanic and Nashua, and still enjoys working on cars as a hobby. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.