Michael Magnant obtained his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Granite State College. He has completed numerous leadership programs including the FBI National Academy. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and in 2009 retired as Chief of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Police Department. He recently retired as the Town Administrator of Rye, NH. During Chief Magnant’s tenure, the Portsmouth Police Department received state, regional, and national awards for its work in community oriented policing, underage drinking prevention, and cyber crime investigation. Chief Magnant has lectured nationally on behalf of MADD and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s program on enforcing underage drinking laws, impaired driving enforcement, underage alcohol abuse, and enforcing liquor laws. In 2003, he was appointed by Governor Benson to the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. He is the Past Chairman of the NH Law Enforcement Exploring Committee and served on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Executive Committee. He was appointed by New Hampshire Chief Justice John Broderick to sit on the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Leadership Initiative. He is a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police, International City/County Management Association and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Magnant has served as a subject advisor to MRI since 2009 and will occasionally work on a project team.