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Safety head Barthelmes nominated for another term

State House Bureau

February 10. 2015 11:49PM

CONCORD — Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes will be nominated for a new term Wednesday at the Governor and Executive Council meeting.

Barthelmes was named to the post in 2007 by former Gov. John Lynch, replacing long-time commissioner Dick Flynn.

In announcing Barthelmes’ nomination, Gov. Maggie Hassan praised his work to keep New Hampshire safe and to modernize the department.

“As Commissioner of the Department of Safety, John Barthelmes has focused on keeping New Hampshire one of the safest states in the nation and improving services to our citizens,” Hassan said.

“Under his leadership, the department has managed severe weather events and other emergencies.”

She said under Barthelmes, the Division of Motor Vehicles has reduced wait times and increased online services.

Barthelmes has more than 20 years of experience with the New Hampshire State Police, and was deputy director and director of the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

He is currently the chairman of the New Hampshire Advisory Council on Emergency Preparedness and Security and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.

The council is expected to hold a public hearing on his nomination before voting at a later meeting on Barthelmes’ confirmation to a new four-year term.

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