PEMBROKE- Nicholas J. Halias, New Hampshire State Police Major (Ret) and former Chief of Police at the University of New Hampshire Police Department passed away March 3, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital at the age of 67. Major Halias succumbed to his illness that had stricken him over the past year. He was the consummate law enforcement professional, educator, and civic leader. Major Halias was an Adjunct Professor for the University System of New Hampshire College of Lifelong Learning for the New Hampshire Community College System. He was then appointed to the Board Trustees for the New Hampshire Community Colleges. Major Halias holds a Master's Degree from Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management at Babson College and the FBI National Academy.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Major Halias attended schools in Littleton, New Hampshire and graduated from Kimball Union Academy. He was hired by the New Hampshire State Police on December 5, 1969. In each of his assignments throughout his 30 year career with the State Police, Major Halias served with distinction and pride. Each assignment showcased his character, integrity and ability to provide strong leadership. The spirit of cooperation he exhibited throughout his career was exemplary and only served to enhance his own personal image along with the reputation of the New Hampshire State Police.
Retiring from the New Hampshire State Police on July 28, 2000, Major Halias was appointed to the position of Police Chief at the University of New Hampshire on September 15, 2000. Serving again with distinction, Chief Halias led the effort to have the department accredited through the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation and became an on-site mentor/examiner for police organizations throughout the county. Chief Halias retired from the University of New Hampshire Police Department on January 6, 2012.
Major Halias was a New Hampshire Mason, raised in and a member of the Eureka Lodge, Concord, New Hampshire for 45 years where he was a recipient of the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Award. He was a 32nd Degree Mason who enjoyed membership in the Scottish Rite Valley of Concord and Nashua. He was also a member of the Bektash Shrine.
Major Halias lived in Pembroke, New Hampshire and is survived by his wife Linda of 36 years, a sister, Rosalie, of Atkinson, New Hampshire and several cousins.
A memorial Celebration for Major Nicholas J. Halias will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Arthur D Kehas Criminal Justice Training Facility & Campus 17 Institute Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03301
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The New Hampshire State Police Benevolent Association c/o President Cheryl Janelle 33 Hazen Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03305 Or The New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial c/o Lieutenant Jerome Maslan, New Hampshire State Police-Troop C, 15 Ashbrook Court, Keene, New Hampshire 03431
The Durning Bykowski and Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.