Nov. 26 To the Editor:

Thank you Mark Brighton for your letter reminding me of how many of us first came to know Brenna Cavanaugh.

In 2013, when the three members of the Police Commission were taking no action against the then alleged misconduct of a Portsmouth police officer and a senior command staff who were looking the other way, Brenna Cavanaugh decided to run for a seat on the Police Commission. At a meet-the-candidates event she said she wanted to speak about the elephant in the room. And speak she did. She got my attention and, judging by the increasing numbers of people who began showing up and speaking out at meetings of the Police Commission and City Council, I was not the only one. Brenna won the race and was the only police commissioner to oppose the promotion of then-Officer Aaron Goodwin to detective. Two years later, she was re-elected along with two new commissioners, Joe Onosko and Joe Plaia. Brenna became the chair of the commission and oversaw the firing of Detective Aaron Goodwin as well as the departure of the senior command staff. We all owe her a debt of gratitude for having taken a brave stand in 2013 from which we have all continue to benefit.

Bess Mosley


Editor's note: We missed this letter when it was first submitted.