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July 10. 2013 7:05PM

New NH Homeland Security director nominated at Executive Council meeting

PETERBOROUGH — Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated Perry Plummer, acting director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, to a full term as director before the Executive Council on Wednesday at the Peterborough Town House.

Plummer has been serving as acting director since Jan. 3. Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes joined Hassan in making the nomination, as both praised Plummer for his response to the recent flash flooding throughout the state.

“Director Plummer demonstrated a clear ability to act quickly and effectively to help our communities through any emergency and to position the state for federal relief,” Hassan said. “As we continue to help those affected by floods through this difficult time, his service is needed now more than ever.”

Barthelmes said Plummer is well-respected by the public safety community and has been widely recognized for his leadership, years of service and ability to effectively respond to the needs of New Hampshire’s communities.

Plummer previously served as Director of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services from 2011 to 2013, overseeing the Fire Academy in Concord, fire training curriculum and certification, and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

He entered public service in 1986 as a firefighter for the City of Dover, where he progressed through the department, serving as a lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and chief of the Dover Fire Department.

Under legislation (HB 124) signed by Hassan on Wednesday, Plummer would serve a term of three years once confirmed by the Executive Council.

Other council action

In other votes on Wednesday, the Executive Council:

• Approved a $6.4 million contract between the New Hampshire Liquor Commission and the Wedu advertising and marketing agency based in Manchester, the first NHLC contract approved by the council since a new law went into effect restoring Executive Council oversight of NHLC contracts.

• Approved a $510,000 contract between the Division of Parks and Recreation with the Glen Group in Conway to promote the state-owned Cannon Mountain Ski Area.

• Agreed to schedule a pardon hearing for Thomas K. Schoolcraft, 27, of Keene, who was convicted of a Class B felony, burglary, after pleading guilty in 2005 and was sentenced to 12 months in the house of correction. He is now a Cheshire County corrections officer.dsolomon@unionleader.com


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