Chief Monaghan (retired) began his career in law enforcement as a patrolman in Lebanon New Hampshire, working in several aspects of law enforcement through the years including service as a State Trooper. In 2012 John became the Chief of Police in Franconia where he worked hard to rebuild community trust and department credibility after the 2007 shooting of Cpl. Bruce McKay and Liko Kenny. In 2018 John became the Chief of Police in Moultonborough where he helped his department re-learn how to engage with their community using the principles of procedural justice as a means to build legitimacy back into their department through the community’s eyes. John recently retired from law enforcement and has started a second career path, working for All Aces Inc on issues of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, specifically where it intersects with law enforcement.
John holds a master’s degree from Antioch University in leadership and management and an undergraduate degree in resource management from Sterling College. John regularly teaches and presents on wellness, social justice causes and police-community relations. He was featured in the 2019 Nantucket Project documentary film “The Box”.
John is married to his rock star wife Tricia and describes the secret to their marriage as "she likes me more than I like me." They recently moved to Portsmouth NH where they are enjoying their first year as empty-nesters. In his spare time, John enjoys riding bikes of all kinds, throwing his hat in the ring at local races and cross country skiing during the winter months.