New police dept. assistant named

WILTON – Trisha Haropulos is the first person you meet on entering the Police Station, the department’s new Administrative Assistant.

A name plate reads “Queen B – Admin Extraordinaire,” which she finds funny. “I told them I didn’t need one,” she said. “And that’s what I got.”

Haropulos has been on the job since Dec 5, giving her time, she said, to get used to the department and the town.

She is a native of Nashua, where she attended the Crowley School, which no longer exists, and a graduate of Nashua Community College as a para legal.

She currently lives in Deering. “I have four-wheel drive so it’s not a bad commute.”

Prior to accepting the Wilton position, she was an assistant in the Goffstown Court, where she often dealt with juveniles “which was interesting to me.”.

Prior to that she was a records control clerk at the men’s prison in Concord. “That was interesting,” she said, “hearing the thoughts of the prisoners.”

Her work now “is typical office stuff,” she said, keeping records, filing, answering the phone. She also assists the prosecutor when he is in.

“Most of the people who come in are looking for an officer about a situation in their lives.”

The position used to be the “secretary,” a term she doesn’t mind, until “Administrative Assistant” was adopted by many places as sounding more professional. “It’s the same job.”

Wilton is a little bigger and more active than Deering, she said. “I’m familiar with the town. We used to drive through it a lot.” And it has an “interesting Main Street with the river and railroad trestles.”

She would like to see the scenic train running again.

Haropulos is generally in her office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most calls reach her through the dispatch center.