Lynch to nominate Copadis to finish commission term
NORTHFIELD — Gov. John Lynch told members of the Executive Council he intends to nominate George Copadis to fill out the term of Tara Reardon as commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security.
Copadis has served as interim commissioner since July 16.
Reardon, of Concord, resigned in July after allegations from several department employees surfaced that she directed employees to lay off her daughter from a summer job at the department so she could get unemployment benefits.
The same charge was leveled against Darrell Gates, the deputy commissioner, who as well is accused of getting his daughter unemployment benefits after a summer job with the department.
Gates was suspended and chose to retire Sept. 1.
At the meeting Wednesday the governor nominated Michael Pillsbury of Henniker to be deputy commissioner of the Department of Transportation at a rate of $104,589 a year, a reappointment.
He also nominated for reappointment Dr. Thomas Andrew, the state's medical examiner, at a salary of $144,289 for a term that will end in August 2017.
Confirmed Wednesday among others was Dale Kuehne of Manchester to the Executive Branch Ethics Committee.
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